Illinois communities have been dealing with the effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for years, as have other rural areas across the country. The Clean Water Funding Fairness Act is a step in the right direction, but better regulations are needed at the federal level, too.
One such rule is expected from the EPA, which would serve as an important model for protecting our lakes, rivers and streams from CAFO pollution. The rule would address pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, one of the nation’s treasures — and would set a precedent for addressing the pollution threat these often-massive operations pose to waterways close to home. Those of us who love fishing, swimming and boating — right here in Illinois — should stand up and take notice of this federal rule.
I hope the EPA proposes a strong rule because it will serve as a model for what can be done in other areas of the country like ours. And if we want to ensure protections here in the future, we must take notice and support efforts to establish a strong CAFO rule in the Chesapeake. Such federal efforts are necessary in addition to state regulations like the Clean Water Funding Fairness Act.
From the June 13-19, 2012, issue