Sarah Porter
Senior GIS Analyst and Project Manager
Minneapolis

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural conservation
  • Agricultural pollution
  • CAFOs
  • Maps and geographic data
  • USDA Census of Agriculture

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Education

  • M.A., Geography, University of Iowa
  • B.S., Biology, Southern Illinois University

About

Sarah Porter investigates and maps the effects of industrial agriculture on the environment and communities. She joined EWG in 2018 after six years with the USDA performing agricultural research and developing precision conservation planning tools. At the University of Iowa, Porter’s studies focused on the effects of modern agriculture on the environment and human health.

In the News

“It’s important to understand where that phosphorous is coming from, whether commercial fertilizer or manure, so you can better develop management plans to address the problem specific to that source.”
- Sarah Porter
April 17, 2019
“We saw the highest amount of regulation in Indiana. So officials there have more knowledge and more requirements on the manure management plans in that state.”
- Sarah Porter
May 22, 2019
“The fact is, without state-issued permits, nobody knows anything about these facilities.”
- Sarah Porter
April 11, 2019
“There was a significant data gap in understanding how much of a contributor animal operations are to the issues we’re seeing in Lake Erie. And without knowledge of where these operations are, how many animals are there, how much manure and phosphorous they are generating – there’s not going to be much progress made.”
- Sarah Porter
April 9, 2019
“The steady growth of factory farms in the area might help explain why the Lake Erie toxic algae bloom is still such a huge problem, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the state has spent trying to clean it up.”
- Sarah Porter
April 9, 2019

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