A group that raises concerns about the environmental impact of large agricultural and mining operations will meet in Sparta Tuesday from 6-9 p.m.

The featured speaker is Paul Cienfuegos, program director and lead trainer of Community Rights US. He has led workshops in more than 20 rural counties across Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota and is making his first visit to Monroe County.

According to the press release announcing the meeting, the community rights movement is concerned about “the contamination of Wisconsin’s drinking water and air by CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) high-capacity wells and frac sand mines ... expanding destruction of sensitive ecosystems in our unique driftless region” and “feeling helpless in the face of large corporate utility, mining and agricultural incursions into your community.”

The group says the meeting will teach citizens “how to take back local control by challenging the right of the state and of corporations to destroy your water, air, property and quality of life.”

For more information on the community rights movement, visit communityrights.us.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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