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Lose, Place, Show: Saratoga's Biggest Gamble

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  • cohensmilk1
    I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor? - Mother Teresa * * * * Yesterday (July 30, 2014),
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2014

      "I want you to be concerned about your next door
      neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
      - Mother Teresa

      *     *     *     *

      Yesterday (July 30, 2014), I wrote about the racetrack
      at Saratoga, New York.


      Today's column is about what happens when good neighbors
      meet their nightmarish neighbor from hell, and what happens
      to the full-time year-round residents of Saratoga after
      the racing fans go home and the hills of horse manure
      are replaced by mountains of cow manure. It is about the
      deep Saratoga spas and wells that will soon not be so well.

      On July 28, 2014, long after Saratoga zoning board officials
      refused to issue a building permit to a 5,300-cow dairy
      farm CAFO (Controlled Animal Feeding Operation), a New York
      State appeals court upheld a circuit court decision and
      ordered the town to issue building permits for Golden Sands
      Family Farm and Dairy.

      The Saratoga sands might soon be golden from 127,000 gallons
      of fresh bovine urine added each day to Saratoga's ecosystem.

      Residents of two nearby communities (Saratoga, New York and
      Rome, New York) will live close to this CAFO which has
      applied for and received permission to dig 39 high capacity
      wells. Their concerns about odor pollution and ground
      pollution of water are enormous. Nitrates and glyphosates
      (used in pesticides from GMO crops grown to feed cows)
      from the proposed 6,000 acre dairy operation have the potential
      to compromise resident's drinking water. Such has occurred
      to neighbors of previous CAFO operations.

      The 39 high capacity wells will have the capacity of pumping
      7.3 billion gallons of water out of the region's underground
      aquifer reserves each year.

      Consequences? Does history ever repeat itself?

      Midwest Environmental Advocates in Wisconsin reports:

      "Visit Kewaunee County, neighbor to the alluring Door County,
      and you will pass shuttered downtown storefronts, algae-clogged
      beaches...29 percent of the county's wells are unsafe for
      drinking and property values are down 30 percent...local water
      quality monitoring efforts show that roughly eight tons of
      phosphorus per year enters the Kewaunee River, creating 3.2
      billion pounds of algae...16 dairy confined animal feeding
      operations are sited right in Kewaunee County, making it a
      fitting case study for the threats that CAFOs pose to the
      environment and their neighbors...Manure runoff causes a host
      of well-documented problems, including toxic algae blooms,
      drinking water contaminated with nitrates or coliform bacteria
      and an impaired habitat for aquatic plants and animals."

      *     *     *     *

      "Human use, population, and technology have reached
      that certain stage where mother Earth no longer
      accepts our presence with silence."
      - Dalai Lama XIV

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      Robert Cohen

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