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Having been brought up on a dairy farm, it has been with some knowledge that I have followed the story about dairy farm "pollution" in Castile.

I fished Conesius Lake before the sewage pipes were installed around the lake. On a Sunday at the height of the ice-fishing season, there would be over 1,000 fisherman in the lake, and we often caught 100 perch on a good day.

Fishing went downhill immediately after the installation of sewage lines. "Pollution" is gone, but apparently the food chain has been ruined.

One of the pleasures of ice fishing is getting the bait, namely, the famous oak-leaf grub. My two favorite streams do not have "oakie" anymore. The only change I know is the farmer quit farming. Now, nutrients from manure are not getting into the stream.

It seems to me some people have to acknowledge what farm kids have known for generations. As they step in a fresh, warm cow plop with their bare feet, they know that a little of it doesn't hurt anyone.


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