In the order of 900 agricultural complaints have been responded to since the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and associated Code was introduced in 1992. The files have been entered into a regional database and can be reviewed by commodity, type of problem and geographic area. The results indicated that the majority of problems were caused by a large number of farms experiencing a wide variety of waste management problems versus recurring concerns at a small number of farms. There is some suggestion that the number of complaints related to manure piles and storage are decreasing and especially over the Abbotsford aquifer. However, there appears to be an increasing trend with respect to complaints related to manure application. A 1994 farm survey in two Lower Fraser valley watersheds indicated that a large proportion of dairy farms (~45 percent) had limited manure storage capacity of less than 3months. Winter time manure disposal is an ongoing concern and has been initially addressed through the developme
Locken, Beverly, Derksen, George. 1998. Report on Abatement Activities Related to Agriculture and Waste Management in the Lower Fraser Valley. BC Ministry of Environment and Environment Canada
Keywords: agricultural complaints, waste management, Lower Fraser Valley
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