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Compliance Assessment of Agricultural Practices in the Cloverdale Area, British Columbia: September - December 2004

This report fulfills a recommendation of the report entitled "Water Quality Assessment of Watercourses used for Irrigation of Ready-To-Eat Produce in Cloverdale, BC: Summer 2002 - Spring 2004".

The findings in this report come from an assessment of 61 farms, both commercial and hobby. The report finds that, overall, the vast majority of commercial farms (94%) are in complilance with standards for environmental protection. The degree of compliance is substantially less for hobby farms — 58%.

It also identified areas that could benefit from implementation of livestock control measures and suggested establishing partnerships to improve communication with hobby farmers that would result in improved compliance. Steps have already been taken to develop these partnerships.

The study developed several recommendations which have or will be acted upon through joint efforts of government and the agriculture sector.

Below, you will find the five key recommendations from the above named report and actions taken to date or planned. The full report is available through the link below.

Recommendation 1:
Staff in the Lower Mainland regional office have informed the City of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program staff of the three remaining sites that can benefit from improved livestock control measures. Discussions with landowners are underway.

Recommendation 2:
Staff from the Lower Mainland regional office are currently following up with landowners regarding non-compliance issues.

Recommendation 3:
Ministry staff completed an aerial assessment of the area in the spring of 2006 and are currently preparing a short follow-up report.

Recommendation 4:
Ministry staff have provided funding to Horse Council BC to develop an on-line manure management module that will be accessible to the general public. The ministry will work with Horse Council BC and other stakeholders, such as Langley Environmental Partners Society, to increase awareness of good agricultural practices.

Recommendation 5:
The Greater Vancouver Regional District has committed to studying water quality impacts from stand alone sewage treatment systems. As part of the Liquid Waste Management Plan process, Ministry staff will be identifying priority area PA2b as a potential area that could benefit from such a study.

You can view the study here (PDF: 2 MB / 36 pages)

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Updated: October 2006

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