Stench Alerts 2019
April 11, 2019
Just like clockwork, every year. Same field, just across the road from the south side of Devils Lake. Devils Lake is the headwaters of Bean Creek, which becomes the Tiffin and eventually the Maumee River in Ohio. Manure tankers were out in force, new ones pulling up every few seconds to refill the dump box, then leaving to get another load and returning. Just like an assembly line. That’s why they call it factory farming, right?
Brown stuff on the field, but it didn’t smell like chocolate Easter bunnies. Nope, the familiar ammonia/hydrogen sulfide, eye-watering, throat-hurting stench of cattle manure was beginning to bloom.
Keep driving … follow the smell
The dump box setup. Liquid manure is hauled by tanker and emptied into the red box, where it is pumped out through the long dragline hose that’s attached to the manure application equipment at the back of the tractor. The dump box is ground zero for this operation. In order for all of this to take place, manure has to have a solids content of less than 6 to 8%. When you add enough water to manure so that it can pass through these pumps and equipment, you can no longer control where it ends up. Especially when it’s applied over our vast network of unidentified subsurface drain tiles.
Keep driving …
Here it is. Dragline hose in the foreground, attached to the applicator at the back of the tractor.
Raining today, heavy rains predicted in a couple days.
Sad for the neighbors, sad for the growing weed problems in Devils Lake, sad for everyone downstream in the Bean/Tiffin/Maumee watershed, sad for the Great Lakes.
April 10, 2019
Means getting slathered with manure. Of course, that happens in the summer, fall, and sometimes in the winter, too. Sending it all downstream, in this case to the City of Adrian, and on to Lake Erie. Cheers!
Warner, liquid manure tanker application, Teachout Rd. and Pentecost Hwy., Wolf Creek/S. Branch, Raisin....
March 30, 2019
Travel way back with ECCSCM, to our Stench Alert post for May 19, 2018 of the Van Brunt/Halliwill/New Flevo manure heap on Forrister Rd. (Hazen Creek, S. Branch/Raisin). No containment, manure heaped up in big piles, every time it rains liquid manure runoff flows everywhere. We just posted that one photo but this has been on-going for a few years with no resolution.
Photo below shows manure runoff from those piles (left of photo) ponding around a groundwater wellhead (the white pipe surrounded by corrugated pipe). Polluting the aquifer is a big no-no. Or it should be. That’s why there are setback rules in the CAFO permit that prohibit manure application within 100 ft. Ain’t happening here.
March 30, 2019
On January 17, 2019, Bakerlads deposited stockpiles of manure on ground that was frozen to a depth of at least 2”, when there was a high risk of runoff according to Michigan’s Enviro Impact Tool. Manure was eventually pushed around on this field and left to sit (the darker areas of the field above the ponding), not incorporated because (a) the ground was frozen and (b) this is a no-till field. (See January 17th Stench Alert for photo).
Here’s what happened. What always happens. Snow melt and manure, after heavy rains, ponding around the orange, perforated tile riser (orange pipe in the foreground) that collects surface water on the field, takes it down to the buried tile beneath that carries it out to a tributary of the South Branch of the Raisin. This, folks, is why we don’t put manure (or any fertilizer) on snow-covered or frozen ground. It’s not fertilizing any crop. Why is it OK to use farmland as a sewage dump?
January 17, 2019 – Here’s what’s happening in Michigan’s Winter Wonderland. Fluffy snow, lakes and ponds freezing over. Used to be time for winter outdoor fun. Not so much any more here, unless you like being slathered in livestock sewage.
Putrid stench for miles around. Bakerlads stockpiling manure on frozen, snow-covered ground. Besides what’s in the photo, there were 4 semi’s lined up to enter the field to dump solids at around 5 p.m. on January 17. South side of Beecher Rd. between Hughes and Morey Hwys., Hudson Twp. South Branch, Raisin River. Major snow followed this crap-blizzard.
MSU’s Enviro Impact Tool says this about conditions here:
High risk of runoff from Jan. 18 through Jan. 24 on this chart