Lakewood, CO: Agricultural Waste Disposal Workshop
The Wide Area Recovery and Resiliency Program (WARRP) Agricultural Waste Disposal Workshop was held on July 17, 2012 in Lakewood, CO.
The workshop aimed to increase knowledge on the key elements related to agricultural disposal in the recovery process following a wide-area catastrophic incident in the Weld County, CO agricultural area.
- Increase knowledge about foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemiology, economic impact, current response strategies, carcass disposal options, and current government guidance.
- Provide input to expand existing FMD wide-area recovery guidance through a breakout group structure using the following disposal tools and plans:
- Disposal tools: Disposal Decision Matrix, Disposal Decision Tree, and Disposal Checklist.
- Disposal plans: Colorado Department of Agriculture Feedlot Emergency Response Plan and Draft Denver UASI All Hazards Regional Recovery Framework.
- Develop a long-term plan for agencies to interact, such as continuing this working group. Identify the state agency to lead this effort including making policy improvement and clarification of roles and responsibilities.
- Assist in the development of an exportable learning package by providing feedback on this inaugural training event.
The workshop advanced the understanding of agricultural waste disposal following an FMD outbreak in Weld County, CO, identified issues significant to agricultural carcass disposal, and obtained feedback on current agricultural waste disposal tools. Approximately fifty people representing local, regional, state and federal emergency management officials, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Colorado Division of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), private sector, and academia attended.