For the purposes of this chapter:
(A) "Conservation" means the wise use and management of natural resources.
(B) "Critical natural resource area" means an area identified by the director of natural resources in which occurs a natural resource that requires special management because of its importance to the well-being of the surrounding communities, the region, or the state.
(C) "Pollution abatement practice" means any erosion control or animal waste pollution abatement facility, structure, or procedure and the operation and management associated with it as contained in operation and management plans developed or approved by the chief of the division of soil and water resources or by soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code.
(D) "Agricultural pollution" means failure to use management or conservation practices in farming or silvicultural operations to abate wind or water erosion of the soil or to abate the degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste or soil sediment, including substances attached thereto.
(E) "Waters of the state" means all streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, watercourses, waterways, wells, springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and all other bodies or accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural or artificial, regardless of the depth of the strata in which underground water is located, that are situated wholly or partly within, or border upon, this state or are within its jurisdiction, except those private waters that do not combine or effect a junction with natural surface or underground waters.
(F) "Operation and management plan" means a written record, developed or approved by the district board of supervisors or the chief, for the owner or operator of agricultural land or a concentrated animal feeding operation that contains implementation schedules and operational procedures for a level of management and pollution abatement practices that will abate the degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste and by soil sediment including attached pollutants.
(G) "Animal waste" means animal excreta, discarded products, bedding, wash waters, waste feed, and silage drainage. "Animal waste" also includes the compost products resulting from the composting of dead animals in operations subject to section 1511.022 of the Revised Code when either of the following applies:
(1) The composting is conducted by the person who raises the animals and the compost product is used in agricultural operations owned or operated by that person, regardless of whether the person owns the animals;
(2) The composting is conducted by the person who owns the animals, but does not raise them and the compost product is used in agricultural operations either by a person who raises the animals or by a person who raises grain that is used to feed them and that is supplied by the owner of the animals.
(H) "Composting" means the controlled decomposition of organic solid material consisting of dead animals that stabilizes the organic fraction of the material.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 10-20-1994