The information below applies to dairy producers located in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional Districts who meet the below criteria.
We recognize that producers in the Fraser Valley may be faced with liquid manure storage challenges due to the following circumstances:
To help address these challenges, the BC Ministry of Environment has established an Order that will allow emergency manure spreading under certain conditions to prevent liquid manure storage systems from failing or overflowing. Producers who are faced with the above circumstances and need to spread manure are required through the Order to apply to the Ministry of Environment for authorization to spread during the months of December 2021 and January 2022.
Note: If you apply for authorization, and it is not given, please email the Ministry of Environment at firstname.lastname@example.org to seek guidance on next steps.
Important note: The Ministry’s emergency manure spreading authorizations process only applies to those who have full liquid manure pits due to the circumstances outlined above. It is not intended as a means for those who do not meet the criteria to spread during the winter months. Producers who believe they have a need to spread/anticipate a need to spread must apply through the Ministry of Environment in order to do so. Spreading over the winter without authorization is in violation of the Environmental Management Act and potentially the Public Health Act–fines may be issued for up to $3,000,000.
If you have questions, you can reach out to the Ministry of Environment for support at email@example.com