Town of Rome Asks DNR to Stop Commercial Farm

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

The Town of Rome in Adams County is asking the Department of Natural Resources to delay permits to a large scale dairy facility in nearby Town of Saratoga. The letter says, the farm will have negative social and economic impacts on the town.

Its been a fight for nearly two years and now, the Town of Rome Board is asking the DNR for help in blocking a proposed 6,000 acre farm in Saratoga.

The proposed concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, could include more than 5,000 animals and nearly 50 high-capacity wells, pumping 740,000 gallons of water per day.

One of the town's concerns -- water quantity, and quality.

"With all the crop land and manure spread on there, you're going to get a lot of nitrates, going into the soil, and the groundwater," Jerry Wiessinger, Board Supervisor said, "and come down into our well water, which, is going to be a big item for this town."

Another concern, the impact the facility could have on the area as a 'recreation mecca'. With busy golf courses and trap-shooting course, board members are worried the potential impacts like smell, and water quality could drive residents to move. That could lower property taxes and keep tourists at bay.

"The general perception that, somehow the area is, not as pure of a recreational area. a remote area," Rick Bakovka, Board Supervisor said.

The Wysocki farm company says, its facility will have a positive economic impact on the area.

Board members say its just a waiting game to see if the DNR will give the farm its permits. They say realistically, no work would start on the farm until early next year.


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