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Skaneateles dairy farm cited for water pollution

— Twin Birch was named the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation Farm of the Year in 2002.

DEC spokeswoman Carlton said Young agreed to incorporate more farming best practices into his land management to prevent further runoff problems, such as building a dirt wall, replanting grass, re-grading deep tire ruts in the field and incorporating manure into the soil rather than putting it on top of the soil.

McGlynn said the dairy is working with the DEC on this issue and will “do what we can to prevent future problems,” including looking at changing its nutrient planning program, which specifies usage of manure as field fertilizer.

Since Twin Birch did not violate its farm management plan, however, owner Young disagrees with the violation and will appear in court to “meet with the judge and explain our side of the story,” McGlynn said.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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