The FDEP permits and inspects 23 active dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) within the Lake Okeechobee Watershed. They are frequently inspected and farm managers are educated to prevent environmental impacts that could result from improper management of wastes. Manure and wastewater from these facilities have the potential to contribute pollutants, including nitrogen, phosphorus, organic matter, sediments, pathogens, heavy metals, and hormones, to the environment. The dairies permitted in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed reuse their wastewater to fertilize crops and avoid off-site discharges.
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