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Letter to the editor: History shows threat to local environment
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From Kathie Riemer


To the editor:

Anyone who is familiar with the proposed CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) site in Sylvester Township knows that this site is unacceptable. Having lived beside the site for 49 years, we have many photographs of the Searles Creek out of its banks and flooding parts of the site. One can see parts of the site under water in the pictures. These photos also show the adjacent road washed out, full of debris, and often closed due to high water episodes.

Adding to this concern is the fact that the site is tiled into the creek. The pictures were all collected over 40 some years and until more recently. They were taken during many different months of the year, demonstrating that flood occurs any time of the year. This is an alarming situation for Green County knowing this potential pollution problem is only 3 miles upstream from Decatur Lake, which flows directly into the Sugar River. And not to mention, much manure would be spread on the banks of the creek as it meanders toward the river. History proves that planting such a mega structure in this precarious site would be a threat to a large sector of Green County's environment.