Sierra waterways polluted by cattle every summer |

Sierra waterways polluted by cattle every summer

The South Yuba River water quality enigma of last summer might well symbolize a general attitude of the West.

Has no one noticed that the beautiful and delicate Sierra fills up with cattle each summer? That they spend most of July and August feeding along and in the streams and springs which feed this magical river? That they are urinating and defecating into these waters which you swim in?

Last summer’s drought increased this degradation due to low water levels and increased feeding practices along the waterways. Has the exploitative attitudes of the West infected even our health and safety “professionals?”

Incidentally, in Forest Service grazing contracts state that in the event of a conflict between riparian values and cattle, the riparian values will prevail.

Isn’t it time?

Pat Andreasen


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