Residents Concerned For Environment As Dairy Farm Proposes Expansion

One Smith Valley local says she lives in 'stench' daily as a result of the farm
US Dairy Industry
The farm's feed production accounted for 39.52 million gallons of water use in 2017 alone

As Smith Valley Dairy in Lyon Country, Nevada makes moves toward expansion, a number of locals have voiced concerns for the environment as well as their quality of life.

Hearing          

The plans were discussed at a recent public hearing - which gave attendees the option to comment on the dairy's existing and potential impact.

Roughly 35 people attended the event, and while public opinion was divided, many residents expressed concerns about the business, as well as its potential growth.

Quality of life

Ruth Iverson addressed the facilities environmental impact from a quality-of-life perspective.

She said that she experiences 'stench' daily - living just two miles from the farm and asked how expansion would impact air and water quality.

Dairy Farms and Environmental Pollution
Manure lagoon spills are a common occurrence on modern dairy farms (Photo: Facebook)

Impact

Emphasizing environmental concerns, resident Robyn Delaney said: "I'm in opposition to expansion of the dairy because of fear of groundwater pollution."

Manure lagoon spills are a common occurrence on industrial dairy farms, with businesses in Indianapolis and British Columbia having recently received fines of up to $17,000 CAD for such incidents.

Reading the letter of a person unable to attend, Connie Kretschmer said: “Please be the department of environmental protection instead of environmental pollution.”

The company used 39.52 million gallons of water and 2,444 tons of manure in 2017 feed production alone.

Supporters

However, some residents were in favor of the expansion - emphasizing potential profit over environmental impact.

David Neddenriep said: "If they can pinch another penny out of their operation, more power to them."

Also in favor, Matt Swain said: "If the dairy were drummed out of the valley, the best they could do to recoup their losses might be to sell their water rights outside the valley."

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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