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Plan for manure pipeline beneath Lake Ocheda advances


September 2, 2021
By Kari Lucin, The Globe

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WORTHINGTON — Plans to bore 10 to 15 feet beneath Lake Ocheda for a liquid manure pipeline advanced Wednesday, as the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the Ocheda Dairy Inc. project.

The pipeline would be permanent, but would only be used about seven days a year, with a licensed contractor conducting the pumping.

“We think it is environmentally safer,” said Joe VanderKooi, whose family owns the dairy. Currently the manure is transported via temporary overland hoses, running through ditches and culverts — hoses that are more exposed to potential damage than a pipe six feet under the ground and 10 to 15 feet below the lake bed, he said. | READ MORE

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