Nov 26 - Fall Newsletter just posted. Highlights: Medina Drain photos THEN (scum, creepy colors) and NOW(clear); Wolf Creek, Adrian-area CAFOs & Terrehaven violations.
BULLETIN: 7 Violations - Terrehaven CAFO, Wolf Cr Hwy near Adrian, was cited for multiple violations, including contaminated runoff from the feed storage and barns flowing into an undocumented “temporary holding pond,”contaminated runoff from the production area flowing “east toward an open field” and “west toward an open field, and eventually to a small pond,” clean stormwater from several buildings contaminated with production area waste. Woody vegetation was growing on the berms of the wastewater lagoon, which "can compromise the integrity of the lagoon liner by root penetration.”
Nov 23 - See results and total data from ECCSCM's 3 Water Monitoring Projects for 2013: Wolf Creek Watershed (River Raisin Watershed), and Medina Drain, Lime Lake Inlet (Bean/Tiffin Watershed). Medina Drain, in particular, shows recovery since the Vreba-Hoff shutdown. Below, see video of minnows in Medina Drain, Sept. 2013. But what will happen when Milk Source LLC moves in with 3,000+ cows in Spring 2014?
Oct 4, 2013 - Health risks to neighbors from Hartland Farms heavy manure application and emissions – see report sent to MDARD and DEQ by local Registered Nurse. Hydrogen Sulfide levels reached 1.2ppm (1,200ppb) in a neighbor's home. The neighbor at this residence is ill, receiving radiation treatments, and on Oct 5 was taken by ambulance to hospital with "extreme stress in breathing." New Mexico, New York, and Kentucky have 1-hour air standards for Hydrogen Sulfide of 10 ppb. This is 1,200 ppb inside a residence! The World Health Organization recommends exposure no higher than 10.6ppb over a 24-hr period. Where can neighbors go to breathe safe air? If not in their own homes?
Aug 31 — SOLD: ex-Vreba-Hoff CAFOs sold to MilkSource of Wisconsin. See more details.
Aug 9 - serious Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) emissions from Hartland Farms manure application, Beecher Rd & Henning Hwy. The new Drager 2000 H2S meter registered 1.0 ppm (= 1,000 ppb) this afternoon, far above the 1-hour air standard in 13 states. Michigan has no air standard for H2S. New Mexico, New York, and Kentucky have 1-hour air standards of 10 ppb. This is 1,000 ppb! 100 times worse.
ADVISORY: Aug 1 – Lime Lake area residents, Medina Twp residents near Dillon Hwy: with the imminent sale, apparently within weeks, of ex-Vreba-Hoff CAFOs to MilkSource, a Wisconsin CAFO, consider doing baseline well water tests of your drinking water. If massive applications of liquid manure resume, baseline tests are important, should there be manure discharges or spills. ECCSCM is testing Lime Lake Inlet this summer for baseline data. (See July entry below).
Free water sample bottles with mailer for the Dept. of Environmental Quality Lab are available from your County Health Department or from ECCSCM. Click here for DEQ lab tests and fees. An E. coli test and nitrate test (included in Automated Partial Chemistry test) are especially important.
FIND THE CAFOS IN YOUR AREA – Click on this Food & Water Watch map
Claims of CAFO Operators – True or False?
July - ECCSCM water monitoring team is testing Lime Lake Inlet, a stream already impaired and now threatened again, and more seriously, if the ex-Vreba-Hoff facility on US-127 is sold and manure application resumes in this watershed. We're testing 4 times this summer for E. coli, Nitrates and Nitrites, Phosphate, Ammonia.
2013 Spring Newsletter – Highlights: Taxpayer subsidies to CAFOs and livestock facilities in our area; FBI investigates Vreba-Hoff's Willy van Bakel, and more...
May 11 - Hoffland Farms is spraying fields adjacent to Lake Hudson, on Lake Hudson State Recreation Area public land. Who said yes, it makes sense to spray liquid manure across from a public beach? Who said yes, it makes sense to let manure emissions drive campers from a state campground? Who said, let hikers and anglers hold their noses?
April 27 – A water-quality team from Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water came to Hudson to train ECCSCM on the use of new water monitoring equipment, including hand-held digital meters for testing phosphate, nitrate, ammonia, etc. and in-stream equipment that samples for numerous pharmaceuticals and antibiotics.
April – it's raining cow pies (from Terrehaven CAFO manure hauler) on cars and Wolf Creek Hwy, Adrian. For drivers following, it's off to the car wash, again. These spatter and smear, but at least they're not the liquid slurry that takes 2 runs through the car wash.
early March, 2013 – Ground is still snow-covered, but thaw has begun. CAFOs are back in the fields spraying manure. These conditions pose extreme risk for runoff and pollution of streams in many locations.
Check your calendar – March 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. – Panel Discussion: Less = More: Restoring the Balance to Our Food System
ECCSCM joins new Michigan initiative: Less = More
2013 Winter Newsletter now online – print copies will be mailed next week