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4856Coming Soon to a Reservoir Near You?

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  • cohensmilk1
    Dec 16 11:47 PM

      "Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt ."
      ("Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they
      possess it.")
        - Cicero

      North Carolina's state motto is a segment of the above
      quotation by Cicero:

      Esse quam videri (To be, rather than to seem)

      That motto ironically represents dairy farming and factory
      feedlots in North Carolina which some find to be something
      essentially beautiful to the public good, while in fact,
      a million or more people have been drinking and bathing in
      cow urine and feces taken from a once pristine reservoir.

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      N.C. Dairy Farm Fined $80,000 For Polluting River

      By Bruce Henderson

      Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

      "One of North Carolina's largest dairy farms has agreed to
      pay an $80,000 fine for letting thousands of gallons of
      cow manure spill into the French Broad River.

      "Tap Root Dairy LLC of Fletcher, near Asheville, and an owner,
      William Franklin Johnston, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S.
      District Court in Asheville to violating the Clean Water Act.

      "The French Broad supplies water to more than 1 million people
      and is heavily used by swimmers and kayakers. Last year the
      state listed the section on which Tap Root is located as
      impaired by fecal coliform bacteria.

      "The farm maintains several hundred cows...

      "On Dec. 4, 2012, 11,000 gallons of waste spilled..."

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      Watch local ABC TV report after spill was discovered:


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      "Water is life's mater and matrix, mother
      and medium. There is no life without water."
      - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi 

      Robert Cohen