Chandler>>IT'S an issue that can divide a community - pitting farmers against some of their neighbors.we're talking about using manure as fertilizer.
Saturday we ran a story highlighting the benefits of manure for farmers.tonight we get a different perspective - from those who have concerns about the process.wmbd's ryan piers reports<<(about a year ago, leslie smith learned a farm with more hogs than people in marshall county was coming to the community.
Leslie Smith a lot of us were really worried.Um, you know it's a lot of manure.
And smell.SO she formed a group called friends of sandy creek... made of families who lived on the land for genrations...worried the farm would pollute the environment and damage the property value.
Mark Durham / Group Member We're worried about these guys spreading 10 gallons of manure up and down the valley.
In a pretty small area.LEADING to their biggest concern...the posssibility that the manure in the fields will run off into sandy creek...a major water source.
Leslie Smith What scare a lot of us out here in a rural area.
If your water supply goes, i mean you can't stay in your house.
What can you do.
Professor Mike Phillips/ Illinois Valley College What can happen is the extra nutrients can run off.
And if it enters the streams or the ground waters, it can cause pollution problems. So if it enters the ground water, it can make people who are drinking the water ill.
If it enters the streams it can kill the fish.A recent problem in illinois.in 2011- an illinois hog farm spilled 200,000 gallons of manure into a creek, killing over one-hundred thousand fish according to the natural resource defense council.
Professor Mike Phillips North Carolina.
So you kind of name the state where they're kind of building these things and its been an issue.BUT friends of sandy creek say they aren't against farmers- and agriculture is a big part of their community...but a 20,000 head hog farm would be too much.
Leslie Smith i think Illinois really needs to look at their livestock facilites act and realize that it does not protect all its rural residents.
In marshall county, ryan piers, wmbd 31 news.)>> <<Maria Chandler>>WE reached out to the illinois environmental protection agency for this story and haven't heard back..
One farmer says using his live stock's manure saves money...providing his crops with valuable nutrients.
To here his perspective head over to c-i-proud dot com.