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Eau Claire Co. Board to Vote on Proposed CAFO Moratorium
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/13/2018

Eau Claire County supervisors will consider a plan next week to place a moratorium on any new or expanding concentrated animal feeding operations for at least one year. The idea was brought up this summer when a group of residents became concerned about the impact CAFOs have on local groundwater, surface water, lakes and streams.

On Tuesday, the county's plan commission endorsed the moratorium, saying it would give board members adequate time to investigate the impact larger livestock facilities have on the environment.

Under the proposal, farmers who keep more than 1,000 animal units would be prohibited from expanding their operations by more than 20 percent within the next 12 months.

Supporters feel the one-year stay on such projects is necessary to thoroughly examine how livestock farms affect area waterways and aquifers.

Only one member of the plan commission voted against the idea.

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