ODA may assess a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for a violation of these restrictions.
Western Lake Erie Basin
- On snow-covered or frozen soil:
- When the top 2 inches of the soil are saturated from precipitation; or
- When the weather forecast in the application area calls for >50% chance of rain exceeding one-half inch in a 24 hr. period. These restrictions on the surface application of manure do not apply under any of the following:
- The manure is injected into the ground;
- The manure is incorporated within 24 hours of surface application;
- The manure is applied onto a growing crop;
- If there is an emergency, the director of agriculture can provide written consent.
Watershed in Distress
The Grand Lake St. Marys watershed was designated as a watershed in distress on January 18, 2011. Within this area, all manure application must follow the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Practice Standard for Nutrient Management (Code 590) - See attachment. Failure to follow this standard is a violation of this of Ohio regulations regardless of whether pollution to waters of the state has occurred.
- Each owner, operator, or person responsible for producing, applying, or receiving in excess of three hundred fifty tons and/or one hundred thousand gallons of manure a year shall develop and operate in conformance with a nutrient management plan;
- No one shall apply manure between December 15 and March 1; and
- No one shall apply manure on frozen ground or ground covered in more than one inch of snow.