Agriculture Environmental Management

On February 28, 2019, the Code of Practice for Agricultural Environmental Management replaced the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation (AWCR).

Why a new regulation?

The regulation was developed to help ensure agricultural practices are consistent with the protection of clean, safe drinking water and clean air. It provides clearer, straightforward and environmentally sustainable requirements for the storage and use of manure, other nutrient sources and agricultural material.

Learn more about the key requirements of the new regulations and how it applies to you.

Who does this regulation apply to?

The regulation applies to agricultural operations in British Columbia, from small hobby farms to large commercial operations.

The new regulation has been built with the understanding that not all agricultural operations are the same, and not all regions of the province are the same. Various rules will apply to different agricultural operations depending on the location, size and type of activity.

Key Changes

Risk-based approach: requirements are tailored to environmental risk; operations in high-risk areas and during high-risk conditions will need to take more protective measures.

Science-based approach to nutrient management: Farmers will need to collect soil samples to determine what measures need to be taken to minimize the risk of excess nutrient loss to the environment on their specific farms.

Clearer requirements: requirements are more specific so there is a clear understanding of how operators can work toward positive environmental outcomes.

Phased implementation: some requirements, such as implementing nutrient management plans, will be phased-in over a 10-year period to give agricultural operators time to plan for, and adjust to the new rules, and for government to develop the necessary guidance and tools to support implementation.

  • Learn more about phase-in schedules under the Code of Practice for Agricultural Environmental Management

How the regulation was developed

The regulation was developed in consultation with agricultural sector representatives, individual farmers and ranchers, First Nations, environmental non-governmental organizations and municipalities. Read more about the public consultation: