As used in 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 , residual farm products, or manure 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 boards of supervisors of soil and water conservation districts .
(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 residual farm products, manure, 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 board of supervisors of a soil and water conservation district or the chief, for the owner or operator of agricultural land or an 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 residual farm products, manure, and soil sediment, including attached pollutants.
(G) " Residual farm products" means bedding, wash waters, waste feed, and silage drainage. " Residual farm products" 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.
(I) "Manure" means animal excreta.
(J) "Animal feeding operation" means the production area, as defined in section 903.01 of the Revised Code, of an agricultural operation where agricultural animals are kept and raised in confined areas. "Animal feeding operation" does not include a facility that possesses a permit issued under Chapter 903. or division (J) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code.
(K) "Soil and water conservation district" has the same meaning as in section 1515.01 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 150, §1, eff. 8/21/2014.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 10-20-1994