How will this factory farm affect the water resource in the area/region?
Identify, locate and/or describe:
- all surface waters near manure application sites and manure storage site(s)
- nearest intermittent stream and/or drainage ditch
- downstream surface water bodies suffer that may suffer from the over-application of nutrients
- potential for area to become flooded in heavy rain fall events or spring run-off
- nearby drinking water sources (wells and surface water)
- abandoned or uncapped wells on site or in land to be used for manure spreading
- sinkholes, mining sites or gravel pits in the vicinity
- information regarding aquifers (capacity, quality of water, direction of flow, recharge areas)
- source water protection plans for/in the area
- wetlands protected under the http://www.ramsar.org">UN Ramsar Convention or provincial legislation.
- wetlands that may need protection
- information regarding sensitive areas (or pollution zones)
- type of manure storage facility (earthen with clay liner, earthen with synthetic liner, above ground, compost pile)
- water quality monitoring wells installed
- source of water for washing barns or watering livestock
- adequacy of supply of water available for the project
- water license or water permit required or issued
- watershed planning activities in the region
Talk with people in your community—they often better know the lay of the land and the state of the water resource than government officials. For instance elders in your community will know how scarce water may become in periods of drought, or how creeks behave in flood years.