January UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

Date: January 4, 2016

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2015 (November 2, 2015) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”


Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.

The wording in the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation is as follows: “In areas of the Province, including the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, that receive a total average precipitation greater than 600 mm (24 in) during the months of October to April inclusive, field stored solid agricultural wastes, except agricultural vegetation waste, must be covered from October 1 to April 1 inclusive to prevent the escape of agricultural waste that causes pollution.”

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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