Advocates oppose state allowing farmers to spread manure on snow

Elizabeth Gribkoff, VT Digger

On Friday, Audubon Vermont, Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Lake Champlain Committee called on the agency to put ban on the manure spreading on snow back in place.

Jen Duggan, director of CLF Vermont, said in an interview that the ban should remain due to the “greater risk” of manure spread on snow running off into water. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is looking into possible stream pollution by a Highgate dairy farm based on an Agency of Agriculture enforcement staff video of manure-laden water flowing off a field into a nearby ditch.

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