The Environmental Education Program at the 2011 International Poultry Expo will review the recently implemented Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements for the Chesapeake Bay and examine the wider impact on water quality standards nationwide.
“One of the major issues currently facing the poultry industry is the regulation and control of nutrients in wastewater discharges and runoff,” said Paul Bredwell, vice president of environmental programs at USPOULTRY. “This is clearly evident in EPA’s development of a total maximum daily load for the Chesapeake Bay.
This TMDL has been compared to placing all sources of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay on a diet to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment flowing into the bay. While this is an extremely large and complicated undertaking, the bay TMDL is part of a larger initiative to set water quality standards nationwide that include limits on nutrient levels within waters of the US.”
The 2011 IPE environmental education session will focus on these issues and the potential effects they will have on the poultry industry. The session will feature presentations from experts in the field of water quality science and engineering and the development of federal regulatory programs. They will address rational steps that can be taken to collaborate on the issues.
Sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association, the IPE is set for January 26-28, in Atlanta.