Large feedlots, a.k.a. CAFOs, have become the bane of southern Idaho, polluting the water (as told by this story) and the air. . . . hold your nose as you travel about 150 miles of Interstate 80 across southern Idaho.

Feedlot agrees to pay fine to settle Clean Water Act violations. Idaho Statesman.

Oh, for identification purposes, Eric Davis, is the owner of the feedlot. He is a former president of the National Cattlemen’s Association.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

One Response to Owyhee County feedlot gets large fine to settle Clean Water Act violation charges

  1. Mack P. Bray says:

    What a fine example Eric Davis is; of not only leading the wildlife-unfriendly beef production industry but also of being such a fine steward of the land…

    “Davis, one of the state’s most prominent cattlemen and a former president of the National Cattlemen’s Association, was told in February 2006 that an EPA inspection determined his Bruneau facility had been discharging wastewater into the South Side Canal numerous times in the last five years.”

    “Federal regulators say the feedlot enforcement program operated by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is improving, but is not sufficient to protect the state’s waterways.”

    Apparently EPA has made an example of Davis *and* Idaho. Those damn feds – meddling in Idaho’s wildlife unfriendly cattle business yet again…

    How do you separate the wildlife-unfriendly beef producers of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming from their state legislators? With a crowbar.


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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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