|Best Management Practices
Horse Owners &
|Safe Environmental Habits and Procedures for:
Boarding Stables, Equestrian Centers, Small Farms, and Urban Horse Owners
|Animal Waste Problems
|Animal waste contributes to ocean pollution when it is improperly stored or left uncovered near small streams and storm drains. During rainfall, it is washed into storm drains and flows untreated, directly into the ocean.
Animal waste contains some nutrients–phosphorus and nitrogen–as well as bacteria. The nutrients fertilize the aquatic plants causing their proliferation which depletes oxygen in the water, killing sea life. The high bacteria levels in the water can cause gastro-intestinal disorders and other medical problems for swimmers.
Sediment is also a common pollutant washed from pastures and livestock facilities. It creates multiple problems once it enters the ocean. It harms sea life by clogging the gills of fish, blocking light transmission and increasing ocean water temperature.
|Collection and Storage
|Collect soiled bedding and manure on a daily basis from stalls and paddocks and place in temporary or long-term storage units. Store in sturdy, insect resistant and seepage free units such as:
|Use and Disposal
|The "chemicals only" approach to pest control is only a temporary fix. Integrated Pest Management is a more common sense approach for a long-term solution. Plan your "IPM" strategy in this order:
|Biological Controls- Nature’s Way
|Encourage the use of swallows, bats and other insect eating animals on your residence. For more information, call: 1 (800) 974-9794
Chemical Controls – Your Last Resort
Use these least-toxic products:
|Rinse empty pesticide containers and treat the rinse water as you would the product.
Dispose of empty containers in the trash.
City of Los Angeles residents should dispose of unused household toxics at a HazMobile instead of into the sink. Call 1 (800) 98-TOXIC (8-6942) for the location nearest you.
Dumping toxics into the street, gutter or storm drain is illegal!
Residents outside the City of Los Angeles can call the reference numbers to learn more about the proper disposal of household toxics.
|This is one in a series of pamphlets describing storm drain protection measures. Other pamphlets include:
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