March 7th, 2014 News

March 7th, 2014

CAFO operations have the potential to affect you miles away!

- Please note that the map above only shows distances from the CAFO operation itself not the spreadfields. The spreadfields are also a significant source of odors and flies.
- Average wind direction and speed for Indiana: 9.6 mph from the Southwest


Water Contamination

A 2010 publication by the National Association of Local Boards of Health suggests that confined animal feeding operations are a significant threat to our groundwater: "Groundwater can be contaminated by CAFOs through runoff from land application of manure, leaching from manure that has been improperly spread on land, or through leaks or breaks in storage or containment units. The EPA's 2000 National Water Quality Inventory found that 29 states specifically identified animal feeding operations, not just concentrated animal feeding operations, as contributing to water quality impairment" ~ Carrie Hribar, MA, Understanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Their Impact on Communities, National Association of Local Boards of Health, 2010.

A 2008 article in the Muncie Star-Press reports that 27,000 gallons of hog manure was applied over a weekend near Union City, Indiana. Heavy rains the following Monday washed that manure off the field and into a drainage tile and into the Little Mississinewa River: "A minimum of 10,000 fish have died, and that number could quadruple in the coming days as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources counts dead fish in the Little Mississinewa River after a hog manure spill." ~ Joy Leiker, Fish toll may reach 40,000 from manure spill, The Muncie Star-Press, August 8th, 2008.

Property Values

In Iowa, one 1996 study found that proximity to a hog CAFO decreased neighboring property values in the following order: 40% within .5 miles; 30% within 1 mile; 20% within 1.5 miles, and; 10% within 2 miles. ~ William J. Weida, The CAFO: Implications for Rural Economies in the U.S. 1 (Colo. College & GRACE Factory Farm Project 2004) (citing Padgett & Johnson).

Clark County, Illinois established assessment abatements for fifty residential homes around a hog CAFO in the following order: 30% reduction within .5 mile; 25% reduction within .75 mile; 20% reduction within 1 mile; 15% reduction within 1.25 miles; 10% reduction with 1.5 miles. ~ William J. Weida, The Evidence for Property Devaluation Due to the Proximity to CAFOs 6 (Col. College & GRACE Factory Farm Project, Jan. 21, 2002).

- The loss of property values could be even greater in Steuben County due to the value of lake properties, our delicate ecosystem, and our dependence on tourism.

Odors & Flies

A 2010 publication by the National Association of Local Boards of Health suggests that odors may be noticeable up to 6 miles away: "Odors from waste are carried away from farm areas on dust and other air particles. Depending on things like weather conditions and farming techniques, CAFO odors can be smelled from as much as 5 or 6 miles away, although 3 miles is a more common distance." This publication also indicates that flies and mosquitoes are a by-product of CAFO operations: "CAFOs and their waste can be breeding grounds for insect vectors. Houseflies, stable flies, and mosquitoes are the most common insects associated with CAFOs. Houseflies breed in manure, while stable and other flies breed in decaying organic material, such as livestock bedding. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and water on the edges of manure lagoons can cause mosquito infestations to rise." ~ Carrie Hribar, MA, Understanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Their Impact on Communities, National Association of Local Boards of Health, 2010.



Don't forget to put the Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings on your calendar...

Both the Plan Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals meetings have been rescheduled for April at the request of the petitioners. Please make every effort to attent both meetings. Numbers matter!

• The Plan Commission Meeting has been rescheduled for April 2nd, 2014 at 7:00pm. It will be held in the auditorium of the Steuben County Community Center (317 S. Wayne, Angola, IN).

• The Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting has been rescheduled for April 7th, 2014 at 6:00pm. It will be held in the auditorium of the Steuben County Community Center (317 S. Wayne, Angola, IN).

Help get the word out...

Please post the following message on your Facebook page and/or forward this email to your neighbors and friends.

Please come to the Plan Commission meeting on Apr. 2nd at 7:00pm. The Plan Commission will be making a recommendation to the Board of Zoning Appeals on the proposed 4,800 head hog CAFO. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Steuben County Community Center (317 S. Wayne, Angola, IN). Please visit www.steubenlakesenvironmental.com for more details. Don't forget to subscribe to their newsletter!

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