Horses and Livestock
Horse and livestock wastes are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality. Stormwater runoff from livestock waste has been found to contain high concentrations of pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses. When they wash into our recreational waters they can make people sick with sore throats, intestinal problems, rashes, nausea, and eye and ear infections. Manure also contains nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, that fertilize aquatic algae blooms and promote bacterial growth which can degrade water quality.
What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)!
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as fertilizers and pesticides, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system. Integrated Pest Management or (IPM) is an excellent way to handle unwanted insects.
Helpful Information and Documents:
- Equine BMP Non-technical Guidance
- Equine BMP Implementation Technical Guidance
- Horse and livestock Manure Video
- Store manure away from drainage areas.
- Avoid over watering after fertilizer application.
- Use less-toxic alternatives.