Photo by Motoya Nakamura, the Oregonian.

Photo by Motoya Nakamura, the Oregonian.

Protecting Columbia, Climate from Factory Farms

Imagine a new city the size of Portland pops up along the Columbia’s shores. Now imagine every time a toilet flushes the city stores waste in massive, open air lagoons and sprays waste on crop fields. Would you drink well-water from that city? Or swim in nearby streams and rivers?

Back to reality: A factory farm that would generate waste on par with Portland is proposed near the Columbia. Factory farms get a free pass to pollute without meeting modern pollution control requirements. That’s why Riverkeeper is fighting to end factory farm loopholes and stop one of the biggest factory farms proposed in Oregon history, the Lost Valley Ranch.

Oregon is already home to one of the nation’s largest dairy factory farms—the 70,000 head Three Mile Canyon Farms in Morrow County. Now California-based dairy 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. According to government filings, Lost Valley Ranch estimates it would generate 187 million gallons of manure annually. Donate today to protect our water, air, and climate from factory farm pollution.