STEP 8    Protect Sensitive Areas

Sites used for manure spreading should be assessed for potential impacts on the environment, using information from geology, hydrogeology and soil science (Johnson and Eckert 1995). Provincial and regional planners use statistical databases and census information, combined with geographic information systems (GIS), to assist with the approval process for the siting of intensive livestock operations (Brand et. al. 1997 and MacAlpine et. al. 1997).

PEI (1999) has developed tables that list potential concerns related to manure storage and handling for each soil map unit. Site-specific soil and landscape considerations are critical in determining the environmental risk of a projected Intensive Livestock Operation (ILO) or manure application. Many locations in the landscape pose an environmental risk for the siting of intensive livestock operations.