Manure Groundwater Pollution Article – Phil Garber

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I was very interested in what Phil wrote, and agree with the DEP report sited below

Pathogen Article editor dec 2015

 

By PHIL GARBER Managing Editor | Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

 

Managing of manure is a major part of any horse farm and there are clear state laws about how manure can be managed and disposed. Dumping it near wetlands is not permitted.

State law requires that manure be disposed by spreading on the farm; removing it for off-farm use; or composting, in conformance with state regulations.

When not managed properly, horse manure can pollute groundwater or surface waters because of the organic matter content of the manure, according to a report from the DEP.

Nitrogen excreted from horses is quickly converted to ammonia, and contact with surface water can lead to excessive algae and damage to plant and animal life, a process known as eutrophication, the report said.

Nitrogen in the feces also can leach into the groundwater and become a human health concern. Phosphorus in the manure also can lead to contamination of surface waters where it may contribute to eutrophication.

Other pathogens and vermin such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Cryptosporidium parvum may be present in manure. Flies, rodents, dust, and odors may also be manure related concerns on horse farms, according to the report.

 

 

 

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