Troubled Waters: Death of the Lakes from Toxic Wastes Used as Farm Fertilizers

I am reposting Part 1 of Death of the Lakes by author David Michael. Part 1 focuses on Grand Lake in Celina and St. Mary’s Ohio. But this situation is escalating in all parts of the U.S. Part 2 is coming by Friday, according to David Michael, and it will cover the law suits, deaths and illnesses, politics and corruption about the spreading of the sludge.–Augie

Human illnesses and animal deaths have occurred recently from neurotoxins secreted by a heavy slime of blue and green algae floating on Ohio’s largest lake—Grand Lake St. Mary’s (Grand Lake) in Auglaize and Mercer Counties. This is a lake that has been deteriorating for decades, but especially so in the past 10 years as factory farms have sprung up all over the area, and more are being built.

A high concentration of factory farms and the application of composted manure from CAFO (confined animal feeding operations) manure and sewage treatment sludge (humanure, now called biosolids—a mixture of concentrated human excrement and industrial discharges) is spreading toxic and infectious substances on farmlands close by and in the watershed. CAFOs in the watershed area account for 3 million chickens; while sewage sludge spreading is permitted on 8800 Ohio farmlands—several close to the edge of Grand Lake.

Continue to the original story and comments here at the Journal. Be looking forward to Part 2 on Friday. Subscribe for the update!

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