Stacking sites used for solid manure storage are Regulated. This stacking site threatened this family’s home and well– when warmer temperatures caused this run-off that encroached on the family home and well head. Family members worked on trying to clear culvert and ditch areas to stop the river of waste from literally flowing to their front door. Not surprisingly, water samples taken here were excessively high with e-coli.
CAFO’s are not allowed to discharge from production areas where animals and buildings are sited. Interestingly enough, these “STACKING SITES ARE CONSIDERED PART OF THE PRODUCTION AREA and are required to meet the same discharge requirements as the Production Area. These sites should be monitored and inspected on a weekly basis to ensure installed BMP’s [Best Management Practices] are functioning properly and the status of the manure stack is in good condition. Increased monitoring may
be needed as weather changes.” [DNR Records]
The DNR did not respond to this violation until two weeks later when it all had iced over again. The operator did not receive any enforcement, and this stacking site remains as an approved site despite both the DNR’s and EPA’s knowledge of this problem.
As part of the PRODUCTION AREA, this run-off meets up with local waterways. Run-off from production areas that meet US waterways are a CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATION subject to fines and enforcement.
Please Keep a neighborhood watch on stacking sites where you live to make sure that they are meeting requirements for a Production Area. Call the DNR hotline at 1-800-tip-wdnr, document dates and times of occurrence, and keep your neighborhood and groundwater safe. Thank you!