Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
That's easy. They're growing by the sides of streams,
fertilized by billions of gallons of waste products from
WATER POLLUTION SUIT TARGETS DAIRIES
Officials in the California State Department of
Environmental Protection and local health authorities have
filed suit against four dairy farms in San Joaquin County
for fouling local waterways.
STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL LOCKYER SAID:
"We are seeking through joint state and county lawsuits to
stop the pollution, and to extract civil penalties for the
dairy farmers' failure to address the problem."
THOSE WHO POLLUTE
The defendants are Lucky J Dairy near Tracy, ManJean
Holsteins near Stockton, Quaresma & Sons Dairy near Manteca,
and Machado Dairy, also near Manteca.
Last spring, state laboratory testing found streams nearby
these farms toxic to flora and fauna. Dairies were ordered
by state water regulators to clean up the streams and
immediately cease discharging cow urine and manure into
Lockyer described these factory farms as "small cities."
Imagine a small city without a sewage treatment plant.
WHAT DID REGULATORS FIND?
State investigators and local inspectors found large volumes
of animal waste flowing into roadside ditches and streams,
including one flow estimated at 50,000 gallons that traveled
several miles into the San Joaquin River.
Residents of San Joaquin Valley drink water from that river.
HOW MUCH WASTE?
A dairy cow generates more than 110 pounds of waste each
day, according to Lockyer. There are more than 9 million
dairy cows in America. That adds up to over 1 billion
pounds of waste, dumped somewhere every single day!
If one six-inch brick of bovine excrement weighed one pound,
one could produce 500 million linear feet of bovine bricks
per day. Allowing 10,000 bricks to the mile, in five days
that line of bricks would stretch from the Earth to the
moon. Anybody want to follow the yellow brick road to the
cow jumping over the moon? If you do, watch where you step!