🐓You know you're a big time chicken grower, when you have to use a CAT loader to move around your chicken poop.
This photo by the @catawbariverkeeper from one of our flyovers for @southwings perfectly illustrates the runoff caused by uncovered (or partially covered) waste piles. One can see the dark runoff stream on the right, heading to a nearby creek. The runoff is potent with nutrients bacteria and metals that wreak havoc on waterways.
When one continually observes blatant disregard for the environment in the name of greed, one doubts the wisdom of "easing regulations". In the last few years NC has been "blessed" with about 1000 new poultry houses (each holding 25-30,000 chickens) vs about 100 in SC. That split has come about because in North Carolina the information on poultry houses is exempt from public record. Go figure.