Despite what we heard at the
BMAP meeting Tuesday, it turns out Best Management Practices (BMP)
are not all that can be done to fix fertilizer nitrate runoff in the Suwannee Rier Basin.
“More than $1 million of the Pilgrim’s penalty would fund a program to help nearby farmers reduce their pollution as well.”
The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) could also
ask the legislature for further such funding, in addition to recommending BMPs.
Congratulations, Environment Florida and Sierra Club,
for doing what the state of Florida has not!
Another chicken breeder is setting up in the Suwannee River Basin,
near Quitman in Brooks County Georgia, next to Okapilco Creek, which
flows into the Withlacoochee River and then the Suwannee River.
We’ll be watching.
Video by Environment Florida, starring Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson (Sierra Club), Jeniffer Rubiello (Environment Florida), and Heather Govern (attorney, National Environmental Law Center), and Whitey Markle (Suwannee-St Johns Group, Sierra Club Florida). Continue reading →
With the Suwannee River low, you can see the effluent coming out of the pipe
west of Live Oak, FL.
Pilgrim’s Pride just rejected a shareholder resolution to
curb water pollution from its operations.
And Aviagen is opening a chicken breeding operation in Brooks County, GA,
in the watershed of the Withlacoochee River, upstream of the Suwannee.
Environment Florida filed a lawsuit 9 March 2017 against Pilgrim’s Pride
about “effluents” into the Suwannee River, alleging a violation of a
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(“NPDES”) permit, which is also a violation of the
Clean Water Act (CWA).
Here is PDF of that legal complaint, sent to us by the plaintiff’s
Suwannee Riverkeeper is always glad to see legal action going on that we don’t have to do.
Here are a few notes.
Pilgrim’s Pride goes to some trouble to treat and disinfect their wastewater
at its plant on US 90 west of Live Oak in Suwannee County, and then:
The wastewater discharged into the Suwannee River is also
called the Plant’s “effluent.”
Outfall D-001 is an 18-inch diameter steel pipe that extends
approximately 20 feet from the shore and discharges into the
During the Suwannee River’s low flow periods, the pipe is not
always completely submerged.
During the Suwannee River’s low flow periods, the Plant’s
effluent discharging from the pipe can be seen.
And the complaint alleges the effluent is not entirely clean.