Haw River Assembly has joined other Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeepers in North Carolina to address water pollution concerns caused by CAFOs, or Contained Animal Feeding Operations.
What is a CAFO?
Contained Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. In these facilities, animals have been, are, or will be stabled or confined and fed or maintained for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period.
Manure and wastewater from CAFOs have the potential to contribute pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus, organic matter, sediments, pathogens, hormones, and antibiotics to the environment.
- Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
- Literature Review of Contaminants in Livestock and Poultry Manure and Implications for Water Quality
Pure Farms, Pure Waters Campaign
Waterkeeper Alliance mobilizes a network of advocates stretching from the mountains to the coast in North Carolina to address the environmental and public health impacts of industrial animal agriculture. The integration of watershed-specific strategies, informed by local expertise and designed around shared aims, is the key to our success.
What does this mean for the Haw?