2008.05.14 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

May 22, 2008 is a very important date.

For most of the last decade a small group of private citizens known as Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan have waged an uphill battle against the continuing pollution of the waters of the Great Lakes.

Most of the time they have fought this battle alone, standing in the brown contaminated waters of the ditches and creeks of southern Michigan. Alone in the putrid, stench filled air with sample bottle, air monitor and camera, documenting, documenting, documenting. Alone in the growing battle against polluting operators of the industrial agriculture entities most commonly known as CAFOs—Confined Animal Feeding Operations. I prefer to simply refer to them as Animal Factories. This they have done for us, all of us who call Ohio, Michigan and Indiana home. All of us who depend on the waters of the Great Lakes Watershed for our very existence.

Now it is time for us to stand with them, May 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hudson Middle School auditorium in Hudson, Mich.

This is the date, time and place where the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold comment hearings on permits for three Vreba-Hoff owned and operated factory dairies. This will be a defining moment for the states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Will the Michigan DEQ and lawmakers stand with the polluting CAFO operators and their false promises or will they finally realize the costs are too high to the waters of the Great Lakes, the environment and the people of our states?

Please don’t miss this opportunity to stand with the folks who have been standing for us for so long now.

Contact contact-us@nocafos.org for more information.

I can live my whole life without milk. I can live little more than a week without water.

– David L. Blesing

Lyons, Ohio

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