There are documented water quality impacts facing our coastal waters as the result of impacts from CAFOS and other livestock and industrialized agriculture issues.
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch and other stakeholder groups are documenting a lack of regulatory action or enforcement to protect water quality from these facilities. The result has had a detrimental impact on the health of our streams and neighboring communities, especially in the lower part of the Coastal Carolina Riverwatch service area (Onslow County).
CCRW Water Quality Advocates support the following actions:
Funding for the Swine Farm Buyout Program – The swine farm buyout is a voluntary program that was established in the wake of Hurricane Floyd to remove swine farms from the 100-year floodplain.
Oversight of the Poultry Industry – The poultry industry in North Carolina has little regulation, which leads to unchecked amounts of nutrients and bacteria from these facilities polluting our state’s waterways.
What Water Quality Advocates are calling for:
- Poultry Study Bill – to understand the impacts of poultry waste on our state waterways.
- Poultry Siting Act – to prevent new construction of growing facilities within the 500-year flood plain.
- Poultry Buyout Program – to remove facilities within the 100-year flood plain.
- Nutrient Waste Utilization Plans – to be submitted to DEQ for approval and prohibit land application of poultry waste within 100 ft of surface waters.
Funding to Support Farmers:
- Increase Funding for Soil and Water Cost-Share Programs – The Agricultural Cost Share Program typically receives as much as $20 million in requests for $4 million in annual funding statewide. We recommend doubling that to meet demand.
- Livestock exclusion from waterways – We suggest establishing a fund of $1 million recurring annually to help farmers install livestock exclusion fencing and alternative water sources.
For more info about local water quality information, please contact:
White Oak Waterkeeper
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch