agricultural runoff

AGRICULTURAL RUNOFF: Farming practices cause nutrients and other pollutants to enter our waterways, including allowing cattle to stand in waterways, storing and disposing of manure and poultry litter improperly, and excessive and irresponsible use of biosolids as fertilizer. Excessive nutrient runoff from farms can cause algae blooms, choking off sunlight and oxygen in the river. 

POSITION: Farming should be done in a way that protects our waterways.

OBJECTIVE: Work with farmers to implement best practices for keeping cattle and manure out of the river, taking legal action when necessary. Ensure that state regulations adequately protect waterways from agricultural discharges.

Projects

  • sludgetractor

    Virginia Sewage Sludge Application Regulations

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: In 2010, Virginia’s legislature removed any local control over the use of sewage sludge (biosolids) as a farm fertilizer. While Virginia law prohibits the application of sewage sludge in a manner that threatens health or the environment, the regulations approved by the state do not meet that high