Officials check manure in ditch PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 19 October 2013 08:08
Officials check out an earthen dam and indications that manure may be in a ditch Friday on Reynolds Road south of Greensburg Pike in southeast Wood County. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources were on the scene late Friday afternoon of a probable manure contamination of a ditch west of Wayne.
The ditch is along Reynolds Road just south of Greensburg Pike in Portage Township.
Mark Seger of the Northwest Ohio district of the ODNR's Division of Soil and Water Resources said they were there to assist the landowner in clearing the ditch. Seger and three others had just arrived and were examining the ditch when the Sentinel visited the area.
The Wood County Auditor's website shows the property listed as being owned by Meyer Family Farms, LLC.
Seger is based out of the Kenton office and said they were contacted by the soil and water office to assist the landowner in clearing the ditch.
The Wood County Engineer's office earlier in the day had investigated a hand-made dam in the ditch, which had been reported to them as being used to trap the manure to be used for pumping it out for field application.
The spokesperson from the engineer's office said they wanted to investigate and their concern was that the ditch feeds into the Portage Rive within roughly a mile of the area.
Seger said they were checking to find not only the cause, but more importantly the way to clear the ditch of the manure.
"We have not done any testing, but by the color and the smell it is likely manure," Seger said. "We know that manure has been applied to fields in the area within the last week or so."
At this time, Seger said it was too early in the process to know if this was due to runoff, a spill or another cause.
MSB Dairy is located less than a mile northwest of the site.
Earlier this month there was a report of a drag line being used to spread manure from the dairy's manure lagoon to a field southwest of the dairy.
The dairy contracts with outside sources for its manure management. The origin of the probable manure has not been determined.
Mark Fritz from Ohio Department of Agriculture's livestock division had checked the site following the report earlier this month. He said the drag line being used conforms to USDA and ODA standards and he did not observe any issues at that time.
Fritz said the dairy has opted to use the distribution and utilization method of manure management which does involve outside interests to be responsible.
Seger said they would continue to assess the situation and find the best way to empty the ditch without any further contamination to any other waterways.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 10:15

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