March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 2015: South Coast Region

Date: March 2, 2015

Reminder: It is acceptable to apply manure with certain precautions including a buffer width of 8 meters (26 feet) between the application area and sensitive areas and watercourses including ditches.  Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2015 (Feb 13, 2015) for more information and the complete advisory. The recommended buffer width distance will decrease towards the end of March.

In December 2013, the Manure Spreading Advisory Committee answered Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the public to address questions and misconceptions about manure spreading in the B.C. South Coast. Questions included the following: “Should a farmer spread manure when it is raining?” “Why would one farm be spreading manure and their neighbour not be spreading?” “Why is manure spread repeatedly on the same field in the same year?”

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Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution.

This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the LEGISLATION. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.

For general information on manure spreading, please contact the BC Ministry of Agriculture:
David Poon, P.Ag 604-556-3098
Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102

Contact the BC Ministry of Environment: Report a spill 1-800-663-3456
Report activities that are polluting the environment 1-877-952-7277 (Report All Poachers and Polluters RAPP)

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