In perhaps on of the biggest NO DUH moments of the year, the Sacramento Bee has a front page article this morning on just HOW BAD....
CATTLE F*#K UP SIERRA WATERSHEDS. Some scientist at UC Davis had the nerve to check for e coli in Sierra streams and what do you suppose he found?
Places where grazing has been permitted are FOUL!!!1111
Buckeye Creek in the Hoover Wilderness - don't drink THAT water, Hunewill Ranch has insured this stream is poisonous to the human gut.
Devastation Creek in the Desolation Wilderness, ditto.
Ever climbed Chiquito Dome? Don't you DARE drink out of Chiquito Creek!!!111 That's right - its a cow sewer.
In fact, if cattle are allowed to graze in a any given drainage you can COUNT on the stream having e coli in it. COUNT ON IT.
All those giargia stories are mostly e coli stories.
The image of the cowboy west and the American conservationist image afforded ranchers is a bunch of BULLSH#T.
Time to charge market rates for grazing permits, time to require ranchers clean up after themselves when dining at the public trough and time to close down whole swaths of Sierra watershed to cattle.