More cows than people live in Kewaunee County–thanks to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
With so many animals in such a small space, Kewaunee’s manure levels have risen high enough to contaminate surrounding well water–and send Lynn and Nancy Utesch’s six-month old neighbor to intensive care with E. coli poisoning. To save other citizens, the Uteschs signed on as part of Midwest Environmental Advocates‘ Petition for Corrective Action, recently sent to the EPA.
Lynn explained that the problem needs to be addressed now rather than later: “once pollution gets into the water, it’s difficult and expensive to fix. At the end of the day, there is no way to compromise over clean water.”