July 29, 2014

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Managing storm water on the farm

Lindie Huffman, Agriculture and Natural Resources

We often hear a lot about managing storm water in urban settings, but we may not think about how it impacts farms. During a rain event, clean rainwater can mix with mud, manure and other contaminants and become wastewater.

To manage storm water on your farm you have to divert rainwater from production areas to keep it clean and to reduce the volume of wastewater. To stay in compliance with the Clean Water Act, agricultural operations must manage wastewater in a way that creates no discharge to surface water resources.