4856Coming Soon to a Reservoir Near You?
- Dec 16, 2013
"Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt ."
("Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they
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