Domestic livestock are still turned out on our public land watersheds even though we are in a serious drought. They have already trampled these watersheds to dust, filled them with weeds and polluted all streams with fecal coliform.
After over 150 years, when is enough going to be enough of this kind of abuse? We drink this water and use it to irrigate our food crops.
Less than 6 percent of domestic livestock produced in this country ever spend any time on the public land and yet they are allowed to continue their destruction on thousands of acres of water-producing land. Why are you private landowners and folks with water rights putting up with this subsidized nonsense that benefits only a few? Use of public land carries a mandate of husbandry. It belongs to all of us.
Odos Lowery, Boise