|Develop requirements that will address concerns regarding transfer and off-site management of poultry waste in the Commonwealth.
|Ended on 8/21/2009
It is imperative that the state and local governments regulate and end excess poultry waste being spread, especially where it can wash off and eventually reach a stream! I am a water quality professional with a local government in that lives and works in the Potomac Watershed, but recognize that the impacts do not stop at jurisdictional boundaries, nor are they isolated to just one watershed since we all live downstream. Streams affected by poultry waste in Virginia have impaired waters and are experiencing fish kills and intersex bass being studied by USGS. The fish kills have reduced recreational value of the affected streams and greatly limited the sportsman dollars flowing into the Shenandoah Valley, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.
I and other water quality professionals 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.
Thank you for your efforts to address this most important issue and know that others stand with you in support.
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Alexandria, VA 22301