Next PCALR Meeting – April 21st

The next meeting of Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers (PCALR) will be held

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

PCALR Meeting of Members
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • PCALR Winter Survey Results
  • Moving PCALR Forward
  • Adjourn

Special presentation:
An Information Session on Factory Farms in Polk County and
Potential Impacts to Lakes, Rivers and Groundwater

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Guest speaker:

Lisa Doerr

  • Background
  • Threats to water quality
    • Lakes, rivers, wells
    • Impacts on property and health
  • Local Regulations: Sacrifice Zones vs. Operations License
    • Polk County ordinance
    • Town ordinances
    • other county ordinances
  • Pathways to a protective county ordinance

Q&A Session
Panelists TBD

The meeting will be held online via Zoom*
Register in advance for this meeting
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*Meeting is limited to 100 attendees.

Lisa Doerr and her husband farm in the Town of Laketown, Polk County, with footage on Tarbert and Herby lakes. They operate a commercial forage operation and sell to local beef, dairy and lamb producers. Polk County is one of the nation’s few that still has an intact middle class of protein producers and family-owned processors.


Early in 2019, word spread that Iowa hog producers were trying to buy land , with investors envisioning up to 30 hog factories, sending a million pigs a year to the Chinese-owned Smithfield kill plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and leaving behind an estimated 9 million gallons of manure a year. They tried to buy land 1.2 miles east of Lisa’s farm. Thankfully, current landowners rejected attempts to buy the land. 

  • For the past two years Lisa has worked with hundreds of people at the state, county and local levels to preserve Polk County’s way of life.
  • Lisa serves on Laketown’s Livestock Licensing Facility Committee. She played a lead role in writing the committee’s December 2020 report: Moratorium on Livestock Licensing Committee Report Dec. 22, 2020.
  • She helped pass Polk County’s Hog CAFO moratorium and has a detailed understanding of the deficient county ordinance that allows manure to be spread within 25 feet of shoreland areas. 

Lisa has been featured in local and national media.
Polk Co. backs down on CAFO moratorium after threat of legal action Wisconsin State Farmer. September 29, 2020
In for a Fight: Rural Wisconsinites Resist Influx of Industrial Hog Facilities In These Times, March 26, 2020

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