Arizona Revised Statutes § 49-202.01 Surface Water Quality General Grazing Permit; Best Management Practices For Grazing Activities; Definition

49-202.01. Surface water quality general grazing permit; best management practices for grazing activities; definition

A. As part of the duties established pursuant to section 49-203, subsection A, paragraph 3, the director shall implement a surface water quality general grazing permit consisting of voluntary best management practices for grazing activities. The implementation shall begin within one hundred eighty days after rule adoption by the agricultural best management practices advisory committee established pursuant to section 49-248.

B. The terms and conditions of the surface water quality general grazing permit shall be voluntary best management practices which have been determined by the committee to be the most practical and effective means of reducing or preventing the nonpoint source discharge of pollutants into navigable waters by grazing activities.

C. In adopting voluntary grazing best management practices, the committee shall consider:

1. The availability and effectiveness of alternative technologies.

2. The economic and social impacts of alternative technologies on grazing and associated industries.

3. The institutional considerations of alternative technologies.

4. The potential nature and severity of discharges from grazing activities and their effect on navigable waters.

D. For purposes of this section, " grazing activities" means the feeding of all classes of domestic ruminant and nonruminant animals upon grasses, forbs and shrubs in Arizona watersheds.

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