you live in the Lake Huron 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, especially Lake Huron, 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 Huron watershed. Thank you!
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 permits up for consideration in the Lake Huron Watershed at this time. Because they are in watersheds of rivers that flow to Lake Huron, I ask you to review them carefully to assure that the conditions of the permits will protect these waterways. As you know, Lake Huron has for many years been subjected to overloading from both nutrients and bacteria, and this has caused many serious problems, one of which has been referred to as "beach muck". These problems may even affect the quality of drinking water taken from Lake Huron. Can you tell me, please, how the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality evaluates cumulative effects of many CAFOs in one watershed, such as Lake Huron?
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]