Information and Resources

America’s Animal Factories: How States Fail to Prevent Pollution from Livestock Waste

This report from the Natural Resources Defense Council examines the environmental and public health impacts of pollution from industrial livestock farms. Includes activist contacts and resources.

DNR Assesses Pohlmann Farm For Ecological Damage

Three weeks after spilling 50,000 gallons of hog manure into Little Sugar Creek, Pohlmann Farms was cited by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as responsible for over $230,000 in damages to the surrounding environment. In a separate action, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has petitioned a court to close Pohlmann Farms no later than June 1. Pohlmann, a 35,000-head hog factory, has spilled manure on seven occasions in 14 years, killing more than 56,000 fish. (Indiana Department of Natural Resources Press Release, April 15, 2003.)

State Information

Provides state legislative information along with documents related to state and local government. (Washburn University School of Law.)

US Farms – State Fact Sheets

Links for each state, with current information about farm size, financial status, rural employment, land use, and more. (USDA.)

Wastewater Permit Information

Information about individual and general wastewater & NPDES permits.

Water Quality in the Lake Erie-Lake Saint Clair Drainages Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania, 1996-98

Water quality assessment reports from the US Geological Survey.

State and Local Government


Indiana CAFO Watch

P.O. Box 1572
Richmond, Indiana 47375
Contact: Barbara Sha Cox (phone: 765-962-2184)

Indiana Campaign for Family Farms

1077 W 35 N
Camden, Indiana 46917
Contact: Jim Tarnowski (


Indiana Issues Temporary NPDES Permit Rules (May 2003)

In response to a September 2002 federal court order, the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management adopted preliminary and emergency NPDES general permit rules for CAFOs, bringing the state in line with EPA regulations. Under the new rules, most of the state’s 500 largest feedlots must apply for a general permit by July 14th and submit information about the construction of manure lagoons and waste disposal.