|Animal Waste Management|
Animal waste from farms and ranches can severely threaten water quality if not managed properly. Animal waste from the 1.3 million farms with livestock and poultry (U.S. EPA estimate) across the nation has the potential to contribute excess nutrients, pathogens, organic matter, solids, and odorous compounds to the environment. This pollution causes eutrophication of surface waters, degradation of ground water quality, and threats to human health.
Incorporating best education practices in your outreach with farmers or ranchers will maximize your animal waste management strategies to enhance water quality.
Adapted from Animal Waste Management Theme page, http://www.usawaterquality.org/themes/animal/default.html