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Save Our Lakes

Factory farms threaten our lakes

In Wisconsin, we’ve got the most beautiful lakes in the country. They’re where we take our families on vacation, or where we get away for the weekend. But too often we’ve found lakes and streams that are suffering from pollution, covered with algae or choked with weeds.

One of the main culprits is pollution from factory farms

Industrial farms sit right next to our waterways, and they’re growing in number. These farms produce millions of pounds of manure, which pollute our lakes.

These industrial farms are threatening our lakes. Yet not only is the state letting more factory farms set up shop in Wisconsin. It’s letting them ignore our clean water laws.

As much waste as 100 Milwaukees

Industrial agriculture in Wisconsin creates as much untreated waste as 69 million people. That's 100 times more than the population of Milwaukee. And far too much of this animal waste ends up as runoff pollution in our lakes, where it causes out-of-control algae blooms and makes our lakes unfit for fishing, swimming or other activities.

To make matters worse, the number of factory farms in Wisconsin has nearly doubled in the last eight years, greatly increasing the amount of pollution.

Working to educate and engage Wisconsin residents

We've released research exposing how continued factory farm pollution in Wisconsin will mean more algae blooms, more out-of-control weed growth, and more ruined lakes. This is simply unacceptable. This problem will only get worse unless we stop it now. That’s why Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center is working to inform and engage citizens throughout the state about this critical threat to our lakes.