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3 Water Module

3.5 Discharges*

Background and Explanation
This section addresses the following discharges onto land and into water:

  1. General rule – all discharges not covered by the following specific rules.
  2. Discharges into lakes and wetlands.
  3. Broiler chicken farm effluent discharges.
  4. Farm dairy effluent, stock truck effluent, stand-off pad and feed pad effluent.
  5. Discharge of biosolids and non-hazardous by-products from industrial and trade premises.
  6. On-site sewage discharges.
  7. Well and aquifer testing discharges.
  8. Tracer discharges.
  9. Pumped drainage and flood water discharges.
  10. Stormwater discharges.

Relationship between Discharges to Land and Discharges to Water
There is an increasing trend to discharge contaminants to land instead of directly to water. As noted in Chapter 5.2 of this Plan, these discharges can contaminate soils and have a range of adverse effects more closely related to land and soil issues. Ultimately, these discharges can also adversely affect water quality and habitat. This Chapter focuses on those discharges to land that could have adverse effects on water quality and aquatic habitat but are less likely to have significant adverse effects on land and soil resources.

The following discharges can have significant adverse effects for land and soil resources as well as water, and are addressed in Chapter 5.2:

  1. Cleanfill.
  2. Overburden.
  3. Farm dumps.
  4. Offal holes.
  5. Composting.
  6. Landfills.
  7. Dust suppressants.

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