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Latest CAFO News – All

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.
 

Tile Drainage contributes to Harmful Algal Blooms in Inland Lakes – OSU study

September 1, 2018

[caption id="attachment_2625" align="aligncenter" width="712"]Tile Drainage and Anthropogenic Land Use Contribute to Harmful Algal Blooms and Microbiota Shifts in Inland Water Bodies  - diagram of fecal loading impact Tile Drainage and Anthropogenic Land Use Contribute to Harmful Algal Blooms and Microbiota Shifts in Inland Water Bodies
Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52 (15),...

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What Sparked An E. Coli Outbreak In Lettuce? Nearby cattle feedlot

August 29, 2018

Morning Edition, NPR, Dan Charles

The illnesses started appearing in late March. Here and there, across the country, people were checking themselves in to hospitals, sick from toxic E. coli bacteria. At least 200 people got sick. Five of them died.

Investigators quickly identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak, but have had trouble pinpointing the cause for months....

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Attorney has ‘real faith’ tighter controls are in store for Lake Erie – Toledo Blade

August 22, 2018

Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

The lead attorney in a landmark western Lake Erie case told about 50 people attending a private function Wednesday night she has “real faith and confidence” the ultimate decision rendered by Senior U.S. District Judge James G. Carr — even with it now likely to come months or even a year or two later than expected — will...

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Judge says algae lawsuit has too many loopholes – Toledo Blade

August 21, 2018

Toledo Blade, Tom Henry

Though clearly frustrated by the state of Ohio’s response to toxic algal blooms that have carpeted western Lake Erie’s surface the past 23 summers, Senior U.S. District Judge James G. Carr said in open court Tuesday he worries he is on “thin ice” with the case before him.

He said he welcomes a new version of it to be...

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It just keeps rolling along. (No, not Old Man River. We’re talking about something else.)

August 15, 2018

Update 9/5/2018:

MDEQ issued a Compliance Communication dated 9.5.2018, describing a tile riser at the northeastern edge of the field and instructing Hartland as follows: “The tile riser collects surface runoff from a large portion of field 60 and will need to be monitored as required in NPDES Permit No. MI0057536 during all future applications of CAFO...

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