|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|
5412 Grove St.,
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
I am connected to the rivers affected by poultry in Virginia in three ways. First, my drinking water supply comes from the Potomac River, downstream from the confluence of the Shenandoah River. Thus, poultry pollution affects the quality of my drinking water and the cost of purifying my drinking water. Of course, that cost is ultimately passed on to me. Accordingly, I incur both a health and economic cost from poultry pollution in the Shenandoah. Second, I am a passionate fisherman. I fish the Potomac regularly, primarily downstream from the confluence with the Shenandoah. Thus, poultry pollution in the Shenandoah adversely affects the water quality of the river I fish regularly. I have seen evidence, both in observed fish kills and of observed lesions on some smallmouth bass I have caught in the Potomac, of the harm the pollution does to the Potomac fishery. Third, I am a regular tourist in Virginia, including a renter of a Shenandoah riverfront cabin. My rental is based on my ability to enjoy fishing the Shenandoah. The recent history of Shenandoah fish kills threatens the likelihood of repeat business from me, which is bad for my personal enjoyment and is bad for the Virginia economy.
I whole heartedly support the proposed regulation. I advocate its adoption without amendment.