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WINNIPEG – New provincial rules will completely ban winter spreading of manure on Manitoba farms by 2013, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said Friday.
The rules include rules that all new pig producers must file manure management plans with the province that include a minimum capacity for manure storage.
The announcement comes after recommendations by the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) as the province focuses on reducing phosphorus buildup on farmland. Phosphorus and nitrogen seep into rivers and lakes and lead to large toxic algae blooms, and the CEC has already recommended that the city remove both nitrogen and phosphorus from its waste water.
The province will also give a $300,000 grant to University of Manitoba scientists to study phosphorus buildup in soil and how it gets into Manitoba’s waterways.
Manitoba has also passed legislation to control phosphates in dish detergent and lawn fertilizers. The provincial government also brought in a controversial ban on new hog barn expansion around the Red River and Lake Winnipeg.