Manchester vote restricting access to horses spurs riders to rally
Manchester Water Works answered with material from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which says horse manure can impair water quality and contain pathogens potentially harmful to humans.
"However the risk is not zero," Paris wrote in an email, "and while horse feces is not 'hazardous' by the definition of a chemical, ignitable, reactive or corrosive, it does contain nutrients ... (nitrogen and phosphorous in particular) and can have crypto, giardia and coliform bacteria which are listed tap water microbiological contaminants."
The proposed regulations would:
• Allow horses on gravel fire roads as long as they wear some kind of diaper or waste-collection device.
• Prohibit horses from water, the shoreline, beaches, boat launches or public parks.
Horse riders showed the New Hampshire Union Leader the results of microbiological analysis of two samples of horse manure that horse riders had submitted to the University of New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. They showed no traces of pathogens. One was analyzed this year, one three years ago.
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