Did you know that horse waste can pollute our waterways?
The fact is, even though manure is natural and organic—when it washes into streams or to the ocean through the storm drain system, its harmful bacteria can cause problems for swimmers, and its fertilizing action can harm sea life by decreasing the oxygen levels in the water.
There are 1,500 horses licensed to City of Los Angeles residents and collectively, they generate over 9.4 tons of manure daily in the City.
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. Equine facilities generate manure and horse waste that runoff into the soil (left) or into storm drain channels (below).
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 over the use of pesticides.
Chemical Controls – Your Last Resort
Use these least-toxic products:
USE and DISPOSAL
Transport manure to topsoil
Fertilize pastures, cropland and lawns with manure and soiled bedding.
Call (800) 773-CITY or click here to arrange horse manure pickup from the City of Los Angeles. A nominal collection fee is charged monthly for a 30-gallon container.
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