Vegetated Treatment Area
Practice Code: 635
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
A vegetated treatment area is a component of a Agricultural Waste Management System consisting of a strip or area of herbaceous vegetation for the treatment of contaminated wastewater or runoff.
Purposes and Benefits
- Improves water quality by reducing loading of nutrients, organics, pathogens, and other contaminants associated with animal manure and other wastes
- Improves livestock health by improving living and feeding conditions
- Treats pathogens and other contaminants that pose a threat to human health
- Improves aquatic wildlife habitat by treating nutrients and other wastes before they reach stream or water bodies
Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices
This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.
Conservation Practice Documents
Documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.
Related Conservation Practices
This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:
Critical Area Planting (342)
Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
Nutrient Management (590)
Waste Recycling (633)
Waste Separation Facility (632)
Waste Storage Facility (313)
Control the Leachate from Silage with a Vegetated Treatment Area
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.
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