|Action||Develop requirements that will address concerns regarding transfer and off-site management of poultry waste in the Commonwealth.|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/21/2009|
Poultry waste is a significant source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. As you know it contributes nutrients (notably nitrogen and phosphorus) and ammonia, among other things, which are especially harmful to aquatic life. Significant reduction of stormwater runoff containing poultry waste is essential is we are to achieve the water quality goals mandated by the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. Such reductions will also be needed to suport the Bay-wide TMDL which is being developed. Therefore I strongly support the proposed regulations.
In addition, any best management practices, including buffer zones, setback requirements, and measures designed to minimize the release or transport of any poultry waste to the Bay or its tributaries should be strongly encouraged, and preferably required.
For over 25 years I have sailed on the Bay, swum in it and enjoyed its fish and shellfish, as well as the magnificent aesthetic values it affords. I hope that my grandchildren will be able to do the same.
Thanks for your consideration.
Ridgway M. Hall, Jr.