Your proposed CAFO is for hogs, but the same road, fly and manure issues apply. Most people say the smell of hog manure is much worse than cattle. Some feel raising hogs in crowded enclosed structures is inhumane, but the biggest problem is manure disposal, pollution from runoff and leaching into groundwater.
My big concern is how this operation will affect Steuben County’s drinking water and the great lake water quality. With your porous soils, there is a good chance you may experience groundwater contamination after an accidental spill or after manure is applied to the fields. This may eventually find its way into drinking water aquifers.
Surface water seeks the lowest level, and I would think there is high potential that the manure will leach into your subsurface water table and eventually find its way into your lakes.
A case study for Steuben County to consider is St. Mary’s Lake in central Ohio. Nutrient-rich farm run-off polluted this lake over time, created foul smells and resulted in life-threatening blue-green algae that made the lake unsafe for public use, which killed property values and tourism.
Wake up, Steuben County (land of 101 lakes)! The proposed hog farm just isn’t a good fit.
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