'The first thing I smell:' Manure stacked next to family's home

'The first thing I smell:' Manure stacked next to family's home »Play Video
GRANDVIEW, Wash. -- You might expect some bad sights and smells living next to a dairy. You don't imagine waking up to sky-high piles of stinking manure close to your front door.

"The first thing I smell as soon as I open that door, a huge waft of that,” Juan Morales said.

Juan and his family live in a Grandview community where neighbors are concerned about rising heaps of manure.

Klompe Dairy workers were dumping piles of it in a far corner of the dairy's property. They kept getting bigger until they wound up feet away from Juan's home.

"My little brother would always come outside and he would always play, like with these dogs, but he doesn't come outside as much because I think it's the odor,” Juan said.

Kathleen (Sparrow) Rogers also lives nearby.

She says it seems like the dairy doesn't care about its neighbors. And, says some of the manure blows in the wind.

"I rolled down my window and low and behold it sprayed my face. It was not nice,” Kathleen said.

KIMA brought the neighbors’ concerns to the Klompe Dairy. They declined to comment on camera, but responded quickly to clean up the piles.

Hours after KIMA visited the dairy, neighbors tell us workers were here to push the manure several hundred feet away from the family's home.

"'Wow, I thought somebody knew that you were here and somebody knew possibly it wasn't the right thing to do to this family so they moved it back,” Kathleen said.

The Department of Agriculture tells KIMA it has a history of complaints about Klompe Dairy. It says dairies are required to have a plan for properly storing manure.

The Department opened a new investigation on the dairy after KIMA brought this latest information.

Kathleen says she understands the local economy relies on dairies and agriculture. However, she says local and state agencies aren't keeping up with the growing dairy business.

"We have to just yell a little bit louder; seem to have our data in place. We have to have all our I's dotted and T's crossed before they pay attention to us,” Kathleen said.

For now, the piles are gone near Juan's home. But, he says much more needs to be done.

Neighbors in the Lower Valley formed a committee to raise awareness on health issues related to dairies. The Department of Agriculture says it's investigating the complaints. We will follow up on the findings.