The purpose of this website is to help livestock producers with waste management issues and provide understandable information about the regulations. For more information, click on the buttons below.
COVID-19: For compliance issues arising from COVID-19, please work with the Utah Division of Water Quality. Enforcement discretion (upset waivers) may be allowed. For more information, click here.
Waters of the United States: On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Army’s new definition for Waters of the United States was published in the Federal Register. The definition becomes effective on June 22, 2020. The revised definition identifies waters that are under federal control, and excludes some waters from federal control. The following agricultural waters are exempt, and not considered to be Waters of the United States:
- Wetlands not adjacent to, or without a direct hydrologic surface connection to, a jurisdictional water;
- Groundwater (includes water drained in field tile drains);
- Artificial lakes, and farm and stock watering ponds;
- Most farm and roadside ditches; and,
- Prior converted cropland. Includes land in conservation programs, and land idled or fallowed as part of an agricultural cropping system. Exclusion ceases when land is abandoned for 5 years and has reverted to wetlands.
Tools for Record Keeping
- A spreadsheet to help with record-keeping and nutrient management planning is available. Click to download the spreadsheet.
- Permitted Animal Feeding Operations in Utah should use the Utah NMP Template available. Click here to download the template.
Water Quality Improvement Grants
Water Quality Improvement Grants up to $10,000 for small farms are currently available. Requires a 20% match (can be labor, etc.). Applications due October 15, 2020. Projects must be completed by April 1, 2021. For more information, please go to: https://extension.usu.edu/boxelder/grant.