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Sent on Mormon-News: 29Aug01

By Rosemary Pollock

Amid Saginaw Well Complaints, LDS Church Reaches Out to Neighbors

SAGINAW, MICHIGAN -- A ruling by Michigan Circuit Judge William Crane last week, against two Saginaw County farms owned by Walther Farms and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, prompted representatives from the Church to visit 26 nearby homes. The court charged that the two farms must pay $4,000 each for water storage tanks to the 22 families that lie within a half-mile of the irrigation wells, a distance the court concluded that shows a connection between irrigation and the resident's problems.

The Saginaw County Department of Public Health reported 68 property owners lost water pressure within a 1 1/2 mile distance of both irrigation well operations, while others within a half-mile area have no problems with their wells.

"We have not turned our backs on those in need," said Midland Stake President, O. David Rogers. "The Church has voluntarily reached out to its waterless neighbors within a mile of the farm's irrigation wells, visiting 26 homes, replacing wells at two, and making offers to 12 other families." Some property owners have claimed that their wells are old and they do not blame the Church.

The Merrill Michigan Corps Farm, is one of 73 agricultural operations that the Church owns worldwide along with a cannery in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Walther Farms manages more than 1,100 acres and tends a $1.8 million crop.


Mormon-run farm tries outreach in water dispute
Detroit MI Free Press (AP) 27Aug01 B1
Associated Press
Neighbors say their wells are dried out

See also:

Saginaw, Michigan LDS Farm Considering Appeal of Judge's Water Ruling

Water Trouble with LDS Farm Worsens

LDS Church's Saginaw Farm Draws Fire from Neighbors Over Water Use

LDS-owned Farm in Water Dispute


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