Michigan Chapter Sierra Club

Have your say on Animal Factory Permits in your Lake Michigan Watershed

manure dischargeIf you live in the Lake Michigan watershed, and live near an animal factory farm, or if you are concerned about the pollution these huge beef, dairy, hog, chicken, or turkey facilities are causing, then you should share your concerns with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The MDEQ has given National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits to 234 (at last count) of these huge polluting, noisy, and smelly animal operations.  The Sierra Club has found over and over, that these huge facilities pollute our water and air, and can rip apart communities. Our Great Lakes have enough stressors, without additional pollution sources being added. 

You can give your input on Animal Factory water discharge permits in your community.  The Sierra Club submits our comments on these facilities, but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality needs to hear from YOU, too. 

Take action now, and send your comments to the MDEQ. Use this form for animal factories in the Lake Michigan watershed. 


  • Mr. Mike Bitondo


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Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for accepting my comments on the water discharge permits for the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that are located in the watershed where I live and work.

I understand there are 6 permits to be renewed in my area in the next month. Because all of them are in watersheds of rivers that flow to Lake Michigan, I ask you to review them carefully to assure that the conditions of the permits will protect these waterways. Can you tell me, please, how the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality evaluates cumulative effects of many CAFOs in one watershed?

Again, thank you for the opportunity to share my concerns. I look forward to your response.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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