MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Wilkin County

Contact: Dan Olson, 218-846-8108

Riverview Farms plans to build a large dairy farm about 20 miles north of Wheaton in Section 35, Campbell Township, in southern Wilkin County.

As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposal. The public may submit written comments on the Campbell Dairy EAW until 4:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017.

A revised EAW from a previous version, the new plan includes five new water supply wells, three at the dairy site and two about 3.5 miles east. The dairy will use approximately 105 million gallons per year.

Construction would begin this fall. Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers will be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn with the manure and wastewater collected and stored in earthen basins with impermeable covers.

Operators will remove liquid manure in the fall and inject into cropland as fertilizer following an MPCA-approved manure management plan. The facility needs a total of about 6,300 acres of cropland for application of the estimated 84 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually. About 19,000 acres of cropland are available.

State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a more complete Environmental Impact Statement is needed. The EAW covers site location details, nearby resources and other elements, including wells, soil types, water use, manure management, air and odor emissions, and traffic.

The worksheet for this project is available on the MPCA's Environmental Review webpage. It’s also available by calling Charles Peterson at 651-757-2856. Written comments may be sent via email to charles.peterson@state.mn.us, or mailed to him at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.