A cattle feedlot has reached a settlement and will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $42,000 for discharging pollutants to a nearby river without a Clean Water Act permit.
The EPA said it received numerous complaints about W/T Land & Cattle, located west of Boise in Notus, Idaho, after the facility was flooded in 2011 with water from the Boise River. As the floodwaters receded, pollution from the feedlot washed into the river.
In a release from the EPA, Edward Kowalski, Director of EPA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle says Idaho’s water quality is guarded by monitoring different ways pollution can enter rivers and streams.
"Feedlot operators along rivers and streams need to be extra diligent to protect Idaho’s waters,” Kowalski said in the release. “In high water, animal waste can take several paths to nearby waterways. Feedlots discharging pollutants to waters of the United States need a permit.”
The EPA says pollutants often associated with animal waste can congest rivers and streams with algae, kill fish by reducing oxygen in the water and transmit waterborne diseases.