My wife and I read the Nov. 17 article in disbelief about the CCSG (Concerned Citizens for Smart Growth) battle to stop the slaughterhouse project at Driftless Meats. We are fortunate to own about a mile of the Springville creek and have enjoyed trout fishing for over 20 years.

The creek is a very fragile waterway with all the waste water from Viroqua sewage plant and all the runoff from West of Hwy. 14, north of Hwy. 56 and south of Hwy. Y eventually making to our stream. This includes the runoff from the Driftless operation.

We were terribly disappointed last year when the city of Viroqua and the DNR decided to build a pipe all the way from the wastewater treatment to the spring in Springville to make sure that none of the several 100 thousand warm treated gallons a day made it into the bedrock and affect the groundwater. So we’ll get all of it now in the stream. Now we’re going to let Lynch Livestock legally pump holding ponds into the ditches a couple of miles away? Will that water contaminate the groundwater before it gets to the creek and the creek after it arrives?

Who will compensate the landowners when there are no trout left and it’s too late.

Please oppose this operation any way possible.

Dave and Julie Welch, Viroqua

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