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Competency Area 6: Nutrient Management and Planning

PO 52. Define environmentally-sensitive area.

Environmentally-sensitive areas are areas that have the largest potential to lose nutrients and cause offsite environmental impacts.  These areas should be managed carefully to minimize such offsite environmental impacts.  Impacts include things like loss of plant and animal species, growth of undesirable plant and animal species, poor drinking water quality (taste, odor), loss of a fishery, etc.

Examples of environmentally-sensitive areas include:

  • Highly-erodible land
  • Floodplains
  • Wellheads
  • Steep slopes
  • Sinkholes