The Lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia is an important area of commercial agricultural production. Figures from the 1991 Census of Agriculture indicate annual gross farm receipts in excess of $700 million per year and a total capital value of farm assets in excess of $3.5 billion within this area. In areas of intensive agricultural production concerns related to agricultural waste management and protection of groundwater quality (Liebscher et al, 1992) and surface water quality (Hutton, 1987) have been identified. The BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks (BCMELP) has undertaken an initiative to assess Agricultural Waste Management in the Lower Fraser Valley. The broad objectives of this initiative are to evaluate the production, management and use of agricultural wastes, and then to utilize this information in developing strategies for improving nutrient (manure and inorganic fertilizer) management. These objectives are consistent with the needs of Environment Canada's Fraser River Action Plan who
Brisbin, P.E. Charcoal Creek Projects Inc.. 1994. Agricultural Inventory of the Lower Fraser Valley Data Summary. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks; Environment Canada; Fraser River Action Plan; BC Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food; Fisheries and Oceans; Fraser River Action Plan
Keywords: commercial agriculture
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