ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Solar power is delivering water to cattle on a farm near Arlington and keeping the animals and their waste out of a salmon stream.
A pump run by a battery and solar panel sends water from Eagle Creek into troughs for 50 cattle belonging to Vernon Beach. Fences keep the cattle out of the creek, which runs into the Stillaguamish River.
The Snohomish Conservation District used a federal grant to set up the system.
Beach said the solar panel has been working fine so far, even in cool and cloudy weather, but he's waiting to see how it does in cold weather.