Plans for a Hutterite Colony and poultry farm near Stenen are being criticized by some residents of the area.
Judith Young lives at nearby Crystal Lake, near the proposed development. Some people are dead set against a proposed Hutterite Colony and poultry farm in the Stenen area.
She raises several concerns, the main ones are regarding the impact on water quality in the area, and odors.
Young says there will be a large area where dead birds will be composted and a sewage lagoon, both in close proximity to Stenen and Crystal Lake.
“And the spreading of manure — six times a year we’re told the barns get cleared out and the manure is spread — so if there’s a rain at the same time it will be wild.” Young said.
Regarding the area’s water supply, she says a study conducted by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority indicated that all wells in the area were at risk of being contaminated by ground water.
“It’s related to the layers of sand and clay that are part of the well structure, and as soon as water is contaminated you can’t take it back,” Young explained.
In addition she says the plan to build over an aquifer is troubling.
“Science continuously says that you should not build an Intensive Livestock Operation (ILO) over an aquifer. The problem is how much do we believe that the safeguards put in place will be an absolute failsafe? Nobody believes that because evidence shows that things fail.”
Young says almost 140 people signed a petition opposing the development and says that they continue to do what they can do to stop the colony from being located where it is being proposed.