|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|
To Whom it May Concern:
It is critical that the Commonwealth of Virginia regulate and end excess poultry waste being spread, especially where it can wash off and eventually reach a stream!
I lead groups of fishermen from the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a conservation organization dedicated to restoring all streams to a more pristine place for all to enjoy, to streams within 200 miles of Northern Virginia. Last year I stopped taking groups to the Shenandoah River because of the fish kills, lesions and intersex problems among bass. The considerable amount of money spent annually by these anglers is no longer going to merchants in the Shenandoah Valley.
Streams affected by poultry waste in Virginia have impaired waters and are experiencing fish kills and intersex bass as documented by USGS.
I and members of our chapter strongly support the pending regulations regarding poultry waste! Regulations are needed to protect the interests of everyone who enjoys the river and especially the residents who receives drinking water from the river. We are counting on you to protect this natural resource for you, me, our families and future generations. Failure to do so will encourage widespread disregard for the health of our rivers and the health of all those who drink the water, further increasing human suffering and health care costs.
Secretary and Fish-With-a-Member Chair
Northern Virginia Chapter
2425 Alsop Ct.
Reston, VA 20191