Seattle, WA

The ground and surface waters that feed Puget Sound currently suffer from pollution related in large part to leaking manure lagoons used by industrial dairies known as concentrated animal feeding operations. As part of its advocacy for a strong discharge permit that protects Puget Sound and Washington’s waterways from harmful nutrient, nitrate and fecal coliform pollution, the Western Environmental Law Center today published three illuminating maps of Puget Sound area dairy manure lagoons.

One map shows the 415 CAFO manure lagoons in northwest Washington by distance from the nearest water body. This is important for assessing the risk of pollution entering Washington waterways. Another map shows the same data zoomed in on Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

A third map shows CAFO manure lagoons in Whatcom and Skagit Counties by excavation depth. This is important because the deeper a lagoon is dug into the ground, the higher the likelihood the lagoon is within the groundwater table.

The Washington Department of Ecology is currently developing a new state CAFO General Discharge Permit, which must include provisions to prevent the discharge of all pollutants from industrial dairies in the state of Washington. The Department of Ecology has studied dairy manure lagoons and concluded that all lagoons leak and are discharging pollutants directly into the waters of the state in violation of state law.

Please see our fact sheet for more information on industrial dairy CAFO pollution in the Puget Sound area. It is available online at http://bit.ly/1GqxkVJ.

Distancia de la laguna de Puget Sound al mapa de masa de agua más cercano: http://bit.ly/1MZnLzz
Distancia de los condados de Whatcom y Skagit desde el mapa de masa de agua más cercano: http://bit.ly/1SkvfzX
Mapa de profundidad de excavación de la laguna de Whatcom y el condado de Skagit: http://bit.ly/1feWygS

Read more about our sustainable agriculture work in Washington here: https://westernlaw.org/defending-wildlands/clean-free-flowing-rivers/sustainable-agriculture-campaign-wa/

Andrea Rodgers, Centro de Derecho Ambiental Occidental, 206-696-2851,

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environmental science to address major environmental issues throughout
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