Agricultural Pollution Draws Scrutiny As Industrial Dumping Declines – Earthfix

A very important case will get to the Supreme Court this fall. This highlights why electing Supreme Court justices who are willing to focus on law rather than politics is important.

Farmer Joe Lemire refuses to fence his cows to keep them off the banks of Pataha Creek and his case heads to the Washington Supreme Court in what is shaping up as a pivotal decision about farmers’ obligations to protect Northwest waterways. Lemire has become a cause célèbre in the countryside, where farm bureaus are soliciting residents to send money to cover the costs of his legal fight. In a related struggle, Indian tribes are charging that farmers such as Lemire are killing salmon. Robert McClure reports.