Oversight of Animal Feeding Operations for Manure Management in the Great Lakes Basin


This report presents the recommendations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) to the International Joint Commission (IJC) on the topic of manure management for confined animal feeding operation practices and policies in the state and provincial jurisdictions in the Great Lakes. The recommendations included in the report have been identified as priority actions for strengthening governmental manure management/regulatory frameworks. The recommendations are intended to be applicable to permitted large and medium sized facilities as defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and permitted facilities greater than 300 nutrient units in Ontario.

The report is also accompanied by an infographic.


Public Engagement and Feedback on the Report

The WQB has held several webinars to receive feedback on this report which include the following:

  • April 15, 2020:  By-Invitation Webinar - Agriculture and Environmental Non-government Organizations
  • May 1st, 2020:  Public Webinar
  • June 26, 2020:  By-Invitation Webinar - Government and Regulatory Agencies

Answers to questions received during the board's April 15th, 2020 webinar are available here.

The video below is of the public webinar held on May 1st, 2020. Responses to questions received during this public webinar are available here.

Answers to questions received during the board’s June 26th, 2020 webinar are available here.

The collective feedback from these webinars and follow-up surveys has been summarized in this September 2020 report to the Commission.  The summary report outlines the next steps that the WQB proposes to continue advancing its work and recommendations from their 2019 report on manure management.


Great Lakes Water Quality Board Manure Management Report Public Webinar - May 1, 2020 from International Joint Commission on Vimeo.