Are there any rules/law regarding manure spillage on a county/township road?...

Asked July 30, 2015, 9:33 AM EDT

Are there any rules/law regarding manure spillage on a county/township road? We have a neighbor who has cattle and sometimes he hauls the manure down the road in a spreader that is piled very high, clearly visable to be higher than the sides of the spreader. Our road has pot holes and dips and as he buzzes by on his tractor to spread it on a field he owns around the corner, there is spillage on the road here and there. This is annoying for folks like us who drive through it and bring it into our garages and also walking our dogs who just love the eat manure. We have no idea what he feeds his cattle and what may be in this manure. it is always challenging to keep a young dog from darting and grabbing some off the road. We don't have a good relationship with him to begin with due to other issues such has his dogs running loose and attacking other dogs and people. They just don't seem to care about anyone but themselves. So that is why we have not said anything to them directly. Thanks for your time and input.

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Many states and local governments have laws that prohibit and penalize the spillage of manure and other types of refuse or debris on roadways, and laws that might classify this type of activity as pollution, which could also carry fines and penalties. Additionally, your state might recognize this as a nuisance activity, which is a legal cause of action that offers remedies such as injunction or damages for harm caused. You will need to check with your state and local government for the laws that apply in your area.
A good strategy is to talk with the farmer about your concerns. However, since you mentioned that you are hesitant to do so, you may want to consider involving a third party who also has an interest in this issue, such as your county soil and water, farm bureau representative or similar. Perhaps a non-confrontational conversation about the activities will be helpful in resolving the problem.