Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gem County Farm Bureau's Legislative Lunch

Gem County Hosts Annual Legislative Lunch

(BOISE) The Gem County Farm Bureau held their annual legislative lunch with members and their lawmakers at the Farm Bureau Federation Office at 500 W. Washington on Tuesday.

The Farm Bureau is a convienient meeting place for rushed Gem County lawmakers to grab a lunch on the run, but more importantly its a valuable chance to sit down with constituents from their home district.

Gem County Farm Bureau welcomed Representatives Steven Thayn and Carlos Bilbao and new State Senator Melinda Smyser.

The Budget,Water issues, taxes, and the high costs of doing business topped the cordial meeting. For Gem County Farm Bureau Members its a way of letting the lawmakers know whats important to them.

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Joe said...

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Gem County’s Water
and
Public Health Safety

WILL NOT BE PROTECTED

By ORDINANCE REVISIONS from County Commissioners & Zoning Department

THE GEM COUNTY ZONING COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON

MONDAY, March 9, 2009, 7:00 P.M. - GEM COUNTY COURTHOUSE
415 EAST MAIN ST., EMMETT, ID. TO HEAR THE FOLLOWING REQUESTS:

Amendments to the Gem County Code in section: Title 11-6-5
Deletes ALL requirements of Animal Feedlots / CAFO’s to comply with:

1 – Placement / location of CAFO’s next to any residence.
2 – Nuisance factors such as odor.
3 – Health authority requirements of water quality control.

The EPA - Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Water:
“Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) can contaminate aquifers and thus impose health risks and welfare losses on those who rely on groundwater for drinking water or other uses. Of particular concern are nitrogen and other animal waste-related contaminants (which come from manure and liquid wastes) that leach through soils and ultimately reach groundwater. Nitrogen loadings convert to elevated nitrate concentrations at household and public water system wells, and elevated nitrate levels in turn pose a risk to human health.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1 – Voice your concerns on MONDAY, March 9, 2009, 7:00 P.M. AT THE GEM CO. COURTHOUSE.
2 – Call and email your Gem Co. Commissioners and request that your water and public health safety be protected: (208) 477-2018 COMMISSIONERS@CO.GEM.US
3 – Contact the Organization to Protect Gem County Water for additional information: (208) 573-8405 WWW.GEMCOH2O.org.

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