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Water Quality Management Plan Initiative for the Nonpoint Source Pork Industry

Project Goals/Objectives: The objective of this project is to determine the steps needed to assist unpermitted nonpoint source pork producers in meeting the requirements of the Texas Water Code and Texas Administrative Code §321.47 through the successful development of water quality management plans (WQMPs) certified in accordance with Texas Agriculture Code §201.026. The project will consist of the development, implementation, and demonstration of WQMPs containing cost-effective alternative manure and wastewater storage facilities on two pork operations chosen by the Texas Pork Producers Association (TPPA). The project will demonstrate that alternative manure and wastewater storage facilities can be effectively managed by producers on smaller pork facilities, while also minimizing the odor and management concerns inherent in traditional large waste storage facilities. Another objective of the project is to demonstrate that a WQMP that includes alternative manure and wastewater storage facilities will meet the technical requirements of a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP). The project also consists of a series of educational seminars intended to promote participation of unpermitted pork operations in the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) WQMP Program.

Project Location: Statewide

Project Costs: Federal: ($21,000); Nonfederal Match: ($14,000); Total Project: ($35,000)

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB and Texas Pork Producers Association

Project Workplan: 01-15

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