Willow River State Park video courtesy of Jon Botzet / See his work on Facebook
Emerald Sky Dairy, requested to increase to 6,288 cows.
The sewage will equal an immense disaster we can't afford.
In fact, more sewage than the populations of Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St Paul combined.
More than 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through manure polluted waterways. Animal waste contains pathogens such as Salmonela, E. Coli
and Cryposporidium, this is 10 to 100 times higher than human waste.
Ammonia, a toxic form of nitrogen that occurs during waste disposal, can be carried more than 300 miles through the air before being dumped back into the water where it causes algal blooms and fish kills in or creeks, rivers and lakes.
Only 45% of factory farms have discharge permits to drain the waste from the cesspools, but an estimated 75% of farms contribute to pollution, unregulated and pathogens end up on our water table under our feet.