California storms prompt water sampling

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Ongoing rains likely meet the definition of a “peak storm event” in the General Order Waste Discharge Requirements for Existing Milk Cow Dairies (Order #R5-2007-0035). The California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) reminds dairy farmers involved in complying with the Order that sampling during a storm during the next month or so at the very least is required. More information on how to do this can be found at the CDQAP website as document 8.3.

The Order states (MRP-4 & -5): “… the Discharger shall monitor discharges of manure and/or process wastewater, storm water, and tailwater from the production area and land application area … as specified in Table 3 below.” The table goes on “Storm Water Discharges to Surface Water from the Production Area (shall be monitored) daily during each discharge to surface water” and “Storm Water Discharges to Surface Water from Each Land Application Area (shall be monitored)… during the peak storm season (typically February) each year from one third of the land application areas …”

Source: California Dairy Quality Assurance Program

 



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