Yes! Thanks to Brookings, South Dakota residents, a dairy factory farm that was planned for construction near Lake Hendricks was removed from the Brookings County Planning Commission agenda this week. That’s right! Due to strong public opinion, a proposed dairy farm will not be built.
On August 30th, residents of Trenton Township Brookings County sided AGAINST the dairy farm, with a whopping 96 percent voting to stop construction. The applicant, Riverview LLP, proposed a 9,500 cow dairy farm but was met with strong negative feedback from residents who feared the farm would pollute waterways. Riverview LLP met requirements with the county and even obtained a permit but the lack of community support led to the farm’s failure, Richard Haugen, the county’s Development Deputy Director told Brookings Register.
Brookings residents had good reason to oppose the dairy farm. The standard dairy operation uses 150 gallons of water per cow, per day just to flush all of the waste off their parlor floors. Unfortunately, that polluted water doesn’t always stay in the designated cesspool, but it can manage to make its way into local streams and rivers – causing dead zones and posing a serious threat to public health.
Be sure to share this good news within your network to show that speaking up matters! And to learn more about how your food choices impact the planet, people, and animals, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign.
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