Residents Upset Over Spray Fields

Residents in Live Oak are going head-to-head with Shenandoah Dairy. It's not the 2,000 cows, but the spray fields on the 1,200 acres that residents say they don't want around.

Sandy Killian says, "We live in a house that's like a park outside. We want to be able to sit outside and enjoy that. If we have to put up with the smell, we won't be able to do that."

Managers say they have come up with several solutions to decrease the odor, but there's another concern: well water.

Ed Henderson, the owner and manager of Shenandoah Dairy, says, "We collect all the fertilizer up in the way of manure from the cows. We filter it out and grow our crops and harvest it back. Water quality is not an issue here."

Virginia Jenkins says, "How do I know in days to come, or years or months to come, that they won't find something in our water? That's what I'm really concerned about is our health."

Also on the list of concerns, residents say having spray fields in their neighborhood decreases their property value.

Shenandoah Dairy is in the process of purchasing more land, which means more spray fields and residents are urging county commissioners to step in. Commissioner Randy Hatch says it's not in the hands of the commission, but now up to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Managers say the dairy meets all state regulations. The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting at Suwannee River Water Management on July 28.


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