When it come to the question of what’s been damaging the quality of Washington’s water there’s not an elephant in the room that politicians have been ignoring, but a giant heard of cows.
Washington state has 200,000 dairy cows that create 24 million pounds of unregulated manure daily, which goes on to pollute our water and sicken our people. Unfortunately, The Department of Ecology and Gov. Jay Inslee have been missing-in-action when it comes to protecting our streams, waterways and drinking water supplies from these large concentrated animal operations. Toxic nitrates that flow out of these operations and into our water supplies can cause birth defects and other public health issues, yet the Department of Ecology is still proposing a do-nothing concentrated animal operations permit that won’t protect people or the environment.
Gov. Inslee and Ecology need to think more about protecting the health of Washingtonians and less about the interests of the huge factory farms sickening our people and polluting our waterways.