NAPLES DAILY NEWS: Estero signs "Now or Neverglades' declaration

NAPLES DAILY NEWS: October 19, 2016. Written by Maryann Batlle.

State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen wants more Floridians to talk about cow poop.

A 1,000-pound dairy cow can produce 80 pounds of manure a day. Florida has about 123,000 of them. All that dung has to go somewhere.

Too often, dairy farmers keep cow waste in pits, where the nutrient-rich discharge runs the risk of escaping and polluting water supplies, said Fitzenhagen. There is technology that can pipe the manure to the roots of crops on nearby farmland, which would cut back on chemical fertilizer use and remove the risk of dairies polluting water, she said.

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