Factory Farms Threaten Water, Air

Aerial photo of 70,000 head Three Mile Canyon Farms in Morrow County,  operators want to convert nearly 6,000 acres of former tree farm near Three Mile Canyon and operate the state’s second largest dairy, Lost Valley Ranch. (Photo by Friends of Family Farmers.)

Aerial of 70,000 head Three Mile Canyon Farms in Morrow County. The same operators want to convert nearly 6,000 acres to the state’s second largest dairy, Lost Valley Ranch. (Photo by Friends of Family Farmers.)

Factory farms across the country are contaminating rivers and underground drinking water sources with bacteria, nitrates, phosphorus, and pharmaceuticals. Unlike human waste, which must go to a wastewater treatment plant, factory farms can store waste outdoors and apply waste to farmland, where it can leach into groundwater or flush into nearby rivers and streams.

Factory farms are also bad for our air and climate. Mountains of manure from factory farms can release ammonia and potent greenhouse gases including methane and carbon dioxide. Studies also link factory farm pollution to haze and acid deposition in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.


Take Action: Tell Governor Brown “No Pollution Waivers for Mega Dairies!”


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  1. Sarah Prowell says:

    Dear Governor Brown,

    I urge you to please deny the permit for the Lost Valley Ranch dairy factory farm, because the waste materials from these poor creatures would put Oregon groundwater, surface water, and air quality at significant risk. The massive quantities of untreated urine and “pooh” that would be generated by this concentrated factory farm would release contaminants such as bacteria, nitrate, phosphate,and pharmaceuticals into the ground, where they would leach into our groundwater and contaminate our valuable and essential groundwater resources. And these contaminants would also inevitably drain into our surface water bodies and rivers (including our Columbia River), further polluting our already stressed surface water quality systems. And the methane and ammonia from the huge quantities of cow urine and pooh would volatilize into our air, increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and increasing climate change risks.

    This massive, concentrated factory farm compound which would not be required to treat any of the animal waste, is the wrong direction for our state and should be denied.

    I urge you, Please Reject the permit for this huge and destructive project.

    Sincerely, Sarah Prowell, Portland, Oregon