Wisconsin Rapids-Tribune, May 6, 2014).
Saratoga, Wisconsin—Saratoga, Nekoosa, and Port Edwards are small municipalities in Wood County in central Wisconsin.
A trip through the area reveals growing sentiment against a rapacious, toxic presence in these small communities and neighboring counties.
Folks in Wood County, [and in Juneau, Portage and Adams counties] see a proposed huge factory farm as a threat to their way of life, and the life blood and health of their children.
Signs in the area (above and below-right) display the consensus that factory farms are no damn good.
No way, say residents objecting to what Wysocki would do to the groundwater and area watersheds, including small streams where long-time residents used to fish such as in the Five-mile and Ten-mile creeks near Wisconsin Rapids.
One would think the John Hopkins University Shows Increase In Antibacterial Resistant Bacteria Infections Near Factory Farms study would be enough to stop this corporate proposal dead in its tracks.
But this is a fight featuring a growing threat—the Wysocki-DNR-Scott Walker special interests—that does not seek approval of the people before deciding what to do with their water and their communities.
Wysocki farms in the area already plunder much of the area's aquifers, and this conglomerate has never asked for a show of hands. This explains of course why Wysocki is suing the Town of Saratoga.
Notes the citizens website, Protect Wood County, citing a report on the Wisconsin Soil Survey by the U.S. Dept of Agricultural-Natural Resources Conservation Service: "Saratoga's sandy soil is not very suitable for the proposed land use. The report shows that Saratoga's soil is susceptible to blowing hazards, high seepage of sewage lagoons, and high susceptibility to concrete corrosion, among other concerns."
People are organized, but petitioning the DNR and the governor's office has up to this point not yielded results.
See also what this area's neighbors to the northeast are experiencing with factory farms.
Local officials are listening.
Candidates for Wisconsin governor should likewise listen to the people of Wood, Juneau, Portage and Adams counties and act in their interests.