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Stopping CAFO Pollution

Welcome to Stopping CAFO Pollution, an online training guide from the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club. This guide is designed to help you fight pollution from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)A handheld dissolved oxygen meter measures oxygen at kill levels in a ditch next to a Turkey CAFO. The image shows a dissolved oxygen meter measuring DO at kill levels in a ditch next to a turkey CAFO.

Chances are that you know why you're here. Maybe you...

  • live near an existing CAFO and have problems with pollution and want to stop it (start here)
  • want to stop a proposed CAFO that plans to come into your community (start here)

However, even if you're not sure where to begin, browse through the sections below and you'll have a better understanding of where to begin your CAFO training so that you can successfully investigate and prevent CAFO pollution. This manual provides references to Michigan laws, rules and procedures throughout to give examples of how to approach this effort. Your state’s rules will differ but the Michigan examples will provide a place to start finding out how the laws apply in your state.

First time visitors may want to  begin here for a bit of the background of the political aspects of the problem with CAFOs, and about why citizens are conducting water monitoring.

If you have any questions, contact our Conservation Director Anne Woiwode.

Stopping CAFO Pollution is divided into the following sections:

Facts about CAFOs
An overview of CAFOs, including descriptions of what a CAFO is, the wastes produced by CAFOs, as well as the damages they cause to our water, our air, our soil, and to us.

Facing Problems with an Existing CAFO?
If you are facing problems from an existing CAFO, this is the place to go . By following the steps outlined here, you can collect credible information that regulatory agencies can use to take environmental law enforcement action.

How to Stop Approval of a New CAFO
If you've heard about a CAFO that has plans to come into your community and you want to stop it, here's where to begin.

CAFO Quick Glossary
A list of terms related to CAFOs and fighting CAFOs.

Frequently Asked CAFO Questions
Here you can find a some commonly asked questions regarding CAFOs.

CAFO Help, Updates, and Contact Info
Who do you need to contact? Do you have a question that this site didn't answer? Maybe you're looking for more resources?


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Health Complaint Form Use this form to document non-emergency health problems related to CAFOs.  If you are having a health emergency, go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.  Otherwise, call your doctor or your local health department. 

Quick Links

See "Living a Nightmare: Animal Factories in Michigan" the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter acclaimed film about pollution from concentrated animal factories in Michigan

December 14th slides

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News about the Great Lakes and Water

News Releases
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