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LDS-owned Farm in Water Dispute

SAGINAW, MICHIGAN -- Officials of Saginaw County, Michigan gave the managers of an LDS Church-owned farm until Monday to come up with proposals for cutting their water use. The county is reacting to complaints from local homeowners whose wells are going dry as an underground aquifer is being drained. Affected homes are in Fremont, Lakefield and Richland townships, while the LDS Church-owned farm is in Lakefield Township. An attorney representing the Church-owned farm said that he will submit a plan by the deadline, "We've tried to be very responsive to the request and the demands of the county," said Brent W. Schindler, an Auburn lawyer representing the church.The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting a $100,000 hydrogeologic review, due in September, to monitor water levels and find out what's causing property owners' problems. In the meantime, officials from both farms have said they are also conducting their own studies. Schindler said his client's study shows a "minimal" impact on the aquifer. In some cases, neighbors need to drill deeper wells; in others "we have a number of wells there that are older," he said. Schindler said the church has taken water tanks around to some neighbors and dropped the water-hungry sugar beet crop it grew last year. Now, it grows beans and corn.


Water fight heats up
Saginaw MI News 27Jul01 US MI Sag B3
By Barrie Barber: The Saginaw News


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