Last Friday, U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey Manske unsealed the confidential legal settlement between the city of Waco and six dairies in the North Bosque River Watershed.

The Waco Tribune-Herald requested the settlement terms under the Texas Public Information Act. Neither side opposed having the settlement unsealed.

Some of the settlement details include:

  • If the river meets certain water quality standards the dairies will not be required to make any more changes.
  • The city of Waco agreed to stop opposing all permits for dairy expansions.
  • If the river does not meet the required phosphorus targets, the dairies will have to make additional changes, including removing manure from the watershed, reducing the amount of phosphorus fed, expanding lagoon capacity and limiting field application of manure.

For more details from the Waco Tribune-Herald, go to: http://www.wacotrib.com/hp/content/news/stories/2006/02/25/20060225wacdairyunsealed.html

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