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Virginia Small Animal Feeding Operations - Fauquier County

Virginia Small Animal Feeding Operations - Fauquier County

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Need for additional measures When an on‐site assessment concludes that there are water quality risks or impacts related to the AFO, the agencies’ staff will make a determination of whether corrective action is needed. If it is determined that VDACS is the appropriate agency to address the required measures, the case will be referred to VDACS. Site‐specific water quality concerns Following each individual onsite assessment where water quality risks or impacts are found, the most appropriate remedy to solve environmental issues will be used. The agencies’ staff will confer before making any determinations about which measures and options are best‐suited for the operation. Options to address the water quality concerns will be discussed with the operator of the AFO before a decision is made. Appropriate measures Examples of measures that could be used to address site‐specific water quality concerns include: • Changing a practice, such as: o Moving a livestock feeding area away from surface waters. o Relocating manure or nutrient stockpiles that are stored outside and adjacent to surface waters. • Implementing a best management practice, such as: o Installing a fence to exclude livestock from surface waters, and creating a vegetated buffer to filter nutrients and sediment. o Improving nutrient management practices. For more information Small AFO Strategy Website: www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/LandApplicationBeneficialReuse/LivestockPoultry.aspx DEQ Offices Lead Contact Email address Contact Number Central Office – Richmond Betsy Bowles Betsy.Bowles@deq.virginia.gov 804‐698‐4059 Blue Ridge Region – Roanoke Jim Scott James.Scott@deq.virginia.gov 540‐562‐6827 Northern Virginia Region – Woodbridge Joe Garner Joseph.Garner@deq.virginia.gov 703‐583‐3938 Piedmont Region – Henrico Kyle Winter Kyle.Winter@deq.virginia.gov 804‐527‐5052 Southwest Region – Abingdon Jason McCroskey Jason.McCroskey@deq.virginia.gov 276‐676‐4815 Tidewater Region – Virginia Beach Clyde Gantt Clyde.Gantt@deq.virginia.gov 757‐518‐2114 Valley Region – Harrisonburg Gary Flory Gary.Flory@deq.virginia.gov 540‐574‐7840 VDACS Offices Lead Contact Email address Contact Number Central/Eastern Region – Richmond Darrell Marshall Darrell.Marshall@vdacs.virginia.gov 804‐786‐2658 Valley Region – Harrisonburg Tim Higgs Tim.Higgs@vdacs.virginia.gov 540‐209‐9135 Southwest Region – Lynchburg Greg Barts Gregory.Barts@vdacs.virginia.gov 434‐200‐9985

Virginia Small Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) Evaluation and Assessment Strategy Program Frequently Asked Questions What is an AFO? An Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) is defined as a lot or facility where animals are stabled or confined for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period, and where crops or vegetative growth is not maintained in the normal growing season over the lot or facility (i.e. the ENTIRE lot lacks vegetative growth during the growing season). What prompted this strategy? The Commonwealth wants to encourage voluntary efforts to address water pollution concerns in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan, and this is a way to handle confinement issues on a site specific basis without additional regulations or permits. How are certain operations identified? Staff knowledge of local operations Resources identified by the Agencies and their stakeholders Locality websites, such as Geographical Information System (GIS) resources What is the number of animals and/or animal units to qualify as an AFO in this strategy? There is no threshold or number that would qualify an operation as an AFO, only the conditions mentioned in the definition at the top of the page. What factors are considered during an on-site assessment? The factors which are considered during an on-site assessment are the following: the type of operation, how and where you confine animals to meet the definition of an AFO, manure storage, mortality disposal, commodity and feed storage, nutrient management practices and waterways within the confinement area. What information is reported to the EPA? The information reported to the EPA will be in the format of numbers and percentages reflecting the total amount of operations surveyed, and number of operations needing additional planning to address water quality concerns. If I deny access to my property for the purpose of conducting a Small AFO On-Site Assessment, what are the consequences? None, this assessment strategy is completely voluntary. What should I do if contacted by DEQ about scheduling a Small AFO On-Site Assessment? Set up a time and date that works for your schedule and allow DEQ and/or VDACS to visit your operation to perform a voluntary assessment. You also have the option of declining the assessment. What is the final result of an assessment? There are several results of the assessment you can expect. If there are no areas of concern that warrant further action on your behalf, a “thank you” letter would conclude the assessment. If there are areas that need to be addressed, then you would have the following options: 1. Enter into a voluntary agreement with DEQ/VDACS to address the area(s) of concern within a reasonable timeframe that allows for completion of project 2. Be referred to VDACS in the form of a complaint which would require an Agricultural Stewardship Act plan 3. Obtain a Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) Animal Waste Permit from DEQ 4. Obtain a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Permit from DEQ DEQ/VDACS Small AFO Strategy Program – FAQ – Version 1.0 – 03/2013

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