Media Alert: What Happens When a Mega-Dairy Comes to Town?


August 19th local and national experts will share information, data and visual evidence on the community impacts of industrial animal operations and what can be done

WHAT: A public information meeting on the risks that threaten community health, the environment, drinking water and property values in Watertown and Codington County by concentrated  animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Public Q&A and media availability follows.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 7:00pm CT

WHERE: Watertown Event Center, Heritage Theater 1901 9th Avenue SW, Watertown, SD 57201

WHO: Roger Foote | Coordinator, Upper Big Sioux River Watershed Project Mitch Peterson | Attorney, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP Laura Krebsbach | Field coordinator, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project Donna Williams | Tribal activist, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe

South Dakota is under siege. Increasing numbers of residents across the state are seeing, hearing, smelling and breathing the effects of the out-of-control expansion of industrial CAFOs in their counties. Codington County is no exception. Just a few miles northeast of Watertown, the proposed Waverly Dairy  is moving quickly to operate a 4,900 animal unit operation next to Willow Creek, a waterway that runs directly into the Big Sioux River.

It’s a community crisis and eastern South Dakota problem waiting to happen.

To protect public health and local rural lifestyles from the long-term hazards that no community should bear, public education and local action are what is needed most.

It starts with attending this meeting. Sponsored by Citizens Against Waverly Dairy and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, a group working in farming communities across the nation impacted by factory farms.

For more information, please contact:

Chad Kranz
Citizens Against Waverly Dairy

Greg Richter
Citizens Against Waverly Dairy

Laura Krebsbach
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project