In Arizona and New Mexico, Cows Are Ruining Rivers
In 1998, after legal action by the Center, the U.S. Forest Service agreed to keep cattle out of vulnerable streams in the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila national forests. These forests harbor endangered species like southwestern willow flycatchers and loach minnows, which were being harmed and killed by cows stomping fragile streambeds and fouling the water.
But we did surveys recently — and learned the cattle aren't being kept out of creeks at all. We notified the agency we'll sue if it doesn't keep its promises and clean up its act right away.
"We found cows, trampled streambanks, and water polluted with feces on nearly every mile of stream we looked at," said Center Senior Attorney Brian Segee. "The Forest Service is failing to protect endangered animals that rely on these rivers and streams for their survival."
Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.