NPDES Missouri Animal Feeding Operations – Animal Unit, Type

Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. An AFO is a lot or facility (other than an aquatic animal production facility) where the following conditions are met:

animals have been, are, or will be stabled or confined and fed or maintained for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period, and
crops, vegetation, forage growth, or post-harvest residues are not sustained in the normal growing season over any portion of the lot or facility.

AFOs that meet the regulatory definition of a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) are regulated under the NPDES permitting program. The NPDES program regulates the discharge of pollutants from point sources to waters of the United States.

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

This layer displays the locations of regulated facilities that discharge pollutants into surface waters in the United States. Location and environmental characteristics about facilities requiring discharge permits is contained in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Facilities requiring permits include industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters (via discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches). Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system are not reported to the EPA. For more information, please visit the EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System web page.

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