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Animals and Water Quality


      The Environmental Protection Agency has identified several bodies of water in North Carolina as failing to meet water quality standards. Jordan Lake and its watershed are among those listed, with agricultural runoff being the largest source of the pollutants.

      This includes animal waste from livestock farms that are not being managed properly. When runoff, containing high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, flows from these farms into the water supply (nearby streams, rivers and lakes), we have then created a problem. The increase in these chemicals into our water source can harm not only the environment, but the people living and using water from the watershed as well.

       By using some of the Best Management Practices offered in this section, we can help limit the amount of harmful nutrients from animal waste runoff and work towards improving the water quality of the watershed in which we live.



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