RICHLAND, Wash. – A massive feedlot north of Pasco, Washington can draw as much water as it needs from a deep well according to a decision by a Franklin County Superior judge [today] Friday. Dryland wheat farmers who have been fighting the 35-thousand cow feedlot were stunned and worried after the ruling.
Blain Dougherty: “If my well goes dry I'm done. So what do I do? Haul water or that or pack up and leave the farm.”
The owner of Easterday Ranches declined to comment. The cattle feedlot will have as many as 35,000 head of cattle. It's under construction now.