Bernadotte Township Chapter - Runway Ridge Project
PROJECT UPDATE ... The application for the Runway Ridge project has passed it's one-year anniversary.
Bernadotte N.O.P.E. members have many concerns regarding the a 20,000+ hog city [confinement] that was proposed for our quiet, back-country farm area of Elrod, diagonally across from the restored schoolhouse built in 1850.
This area has supported the tax base with many generations of family croplands. Fresh spring-water streams are located throughout the area, including streams on both sides of the proposed confinement.
Several comments have been made, stating "a little stink from a farm is normal" and no one has a quarrel with this; however, this was NOT a family farm project. This project was almost 7 times bigger than the Cedar Crest project (Table Grove/Ipava) of 3000 hogs.
Concerned Citizens of Bernadotte CARE about our community and are CONCERNED.
Fulton County Residents ...
Do you live near a proposed CAFO or an existing one? Please contribute your data to the NOPE Community Survey.
About a quarter-mile down the road is the Elrod Schoolhouse, a restored one-room schoolhouse, currently seeking historical status as Elrod Schoolhouse Community Center, insuring Dr. Leland Ladd’s original vision as a “museum/community service gathering place” continues in the future. The Village of Bernadotte is within 2 ½ miles from proposed CAFO. Camp Ellis, prisoner of war camp during WW II, is located within one mile of the proposed CAFO. Bernadotte Township is one of the main stops for the thousands of people traveling on the annual Spoon River Drive for the last 48 years. In addition, the 100 year old Bernadotte Bridge Pony Truss section sets in the Bernadotte Bridge Veterans Park.
Dam, Public Park and Spoon River Drive
Bernadotte Township is synonymous with great food, roaring sounds of cascading water, and the legendary Spoon River Drive. The three come together in and around the this small town located downstream on the scenic Spoon River.
The old mill dam site and Public Park provides plenty of summertime family fun whether its fishing near the dam, canoeing underneath the old Bernadotte Bridge or relaxing along the waterfall.
In the fall it’s no secret that tourists and drive enthusiasts love the unique foods, crafts, wooden furniture, and countless collectibles that can be found along this Scenic Drive favorite.
Bernadotte Wildlife Haven
Bernadotte Township and the entire Spoon River Valley in Fulton County is the stomping ground for genetically superior whitetails. Fulton County, is nationally known for having a world record.
Tater Creek basin and Spoon River Valley have eagles flying over and fishing daily. Their nests are less than one mile away from the proposed CAFO. Turkey and wildlife are in abundance.
In addition, another popular tourist site, RJ’s Riding Stable, Trail Park and Center, is located adjacent to the proposed CAFO.