Farmers File Lawsuit Over Controversial Cattle Feedlot
Franklin County -- A group known as "Five Corners Family Farmers" has filed a lawsuit over a controversial cattle feedlot that may be built in Franklin County near Eltopia.
The group filed in Thurston County to protest water use by Easterday Ranches. Easterday bought a water right for some uses, and under state law, it can use a well exempt from a state permit to water its cattle.
The farmers want the State Department of Ecology to stop the industrial feedlot unless it can get a groundwater permit for all its water needs.