Protecting the environment
Use best management practices to reduce environmental impacts, such as:
- Pollutant runoff into surface water.
- Groundwater pollution from nitrate and other contaminants.
Divert runoff away from animal confinement areas, manure stockpiles and wastewater control facilities by:
- Constructing ditches, terraces or other waterways.
- Installing gutters and downspouts to divert roof drainage.
- Building roofs over animal confinement areas, where practical.
Reduce wastewater discharges to watercourses by:
- Collecting and allowing wastewater to evaporate.
- Collecting and evenly applying wastewater to land application sites at agronomic rates.
- Locating animal waste away from stormwater runoff, streams, ditches or other channels that can carry waste.
Protect groundwater by:
- Maintaining a buffer area around water wells when applying manure and wastewater to land.
- Locating manure and wastewater facilities downhill and at least 150 feet away from all water supply wells.
- Installing liners in wastewater impoundments to reduce seepage if a significant risk of groundwater contamination exists.