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Latest CAFO News – All

The Grinch Comes to Lenawee County, Dec 11, 2018

December 11, 2018

The Grinch Comes to Lenawee County 

Many Grinches, spreading their Christmas manure all over the place.

Manure dump box on Shaffer property.N side of M-34 just west of Morey Hwy.

Manure dump box on Schaffner property, ready to go, for liquid manure dragline operation, north side of M-34 just west of Morey Hwy....

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FINALLY! 10.31.2018

November 1, 2018

FINALLY! October 31, 2018

After 5 years under a Consent Order, Terrehaven Farms (Hunt Rd., Black Creek/Wolf Creek/Raisin) finally removes one of its many trouble spots!

Long-time viewers will remember runoff incidents to Pineview Dr. residents’ yards (to the east) in 2014 and 2015, pictured here. Red arrows show the source of the runoff coming from the Terrehaven...

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Overwhelmed by a deluge 10.31.2018

November 1, 2018

October 31, 2018
Overwhelmed by a deluge 

Not just rain. Manure. The worst yet, all at once. Confined livestock facilities store their waste in stockpiles, open cesspits (“lagoons”) to which millions of gallons of clean groundwater are added to make it easier to store and pump through application equipment, or in pits underneath the slatted floors of hog barns....

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NW Oregon Mega-Dairy to shut down: Manure & Waste violations

October 26, 2018

OPB BY Courtney Flatt; Northwest Public Broadcasting

A troubled mega-dairy in Oregon has announced its plans to shut down. After racking up multiple environmental violations, Lost Valley Farm’s owner has been fired and a trustee wants to sell the property.

Lost Valley Farm promised to be one of the largest dairies in the Northwest, proposing a 30,000-cow operation, bringing...

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Terrehaven Violation Notice 10.3.2018

October 16, 2018

Terrehaven Violation Notice 10.2.2018, CAFO inspection 7.31.2018

October 2, 2018 – 4708  MDEQ issued another Violation Notice to Terrehaven Farms, letter dated Oct. 2, 2018.  Terrehaven has been operating under an Administrative Consent Order (ACO) since Nov. 6, 2013, during which time it has received several citations for discharges, improper waste containment, and improper application of waste.  This time,...

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Massive stench alert: New Flevo/Waterlands

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Massive stench alert, liquid dragline manure application on New Flevo/Waterlands fields on the north side of M34 between Sword and Whig Hwys., Dover Township.  Field isn’t finished yet, even with incorporation it still stinks.  This is gonna be miserable for the neighbors for a while.  Since most of these farms didn’t have a chance to completely empty the...

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Manure application near “constructed wetlands” Bakerlads Farm

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Bakerlads Farm, Clayton, MI.  South Branch, Raisin watershed. This farm installed a “constructed wetland” over 10 years ago, designed to filter CAFO waste from the facility through wetlands plants in a 2-chambered pond. This naturally-filtered water was then piped from the pond directly through connected subsurface drain/irrigation tiles into the South Branch of the Raisin.  A...

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The fall dump begins.

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

As soon as the crops come off of the fields in the fall, manure farmers race to get their manure cesspits emptied so they have enough room for winter storage.  Because of the heavy rains earlier this year, many never were able to empty the winter contents of these cesspits earlier in the spring, so they’ve been...

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Manure irrigating in the rain?

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Marvin Farms, corner of Beecher Rd. and M34/Benner Hwy. in Dover Twp.  This is a dairy CAFO that does not need a NPDES CAFO permit because they don’t confine enough animals.  All livestock farms in Michigan, if they wish to be protected by Michigan’s Right-to-Farm Laws, must abide by the voluntary guidelines known as GAAMPs (Generally Accepted Agricultural...

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Pile it on. 09/29/2018

September 29, 2018

Second manure application on this field since wheat was cut earlier in the summer.  NE corner of Rome Rd. and Gilbert Hwy.  Manure application by NFD/Waterland and possibly others over several days before 9.19.2018.  Wolf Creek/Raisin.