General Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Permits

Division of Water

Published: Nov. 17, 2021
Comments Due: Dec. 17, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Water, Surface Water Discharges Section and the Department of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Program, hereby give notice that the following farms have applied for coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Permit Number DE 0051233 (Large, Medium, & Designated Poultry CAFOs – Facilities with Land Application of Manure) under Section 9.5 of Delaware’s Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution.

Large CAFOs are characterized as having equal to or greater than 125,000 chickens (C), 82,000 laying hens (L), or 55,000 turkeys (T). Medium CAFOs are characterized as having 37,500-124,999 chickens, 25,000-81,999 laying hens, or 16,500-54,999 turkeys. Designated CAFOs are determined by DNREC and DDA and can be any size. Chicken manure is land applied by the operation as needed, with excess managed according to the operation’s specific Nutrient Management Plan (NMP). Manure is stored and mortalities are handled in a manner to prevent contamination of Waters of the State. All farms have a NMP that meets the criteria of the CAFO regulations. Manure, litter, and/or process wastewater discharges are prohibited from the production area. There are currently no known existing production area discharge points at these farms. Any discharges of manure, litter, and/or process wastewater that may occur would be new discharges and are required to be reported to DNREC and DDA.

Farm Name and AddressOwner/Operator
Name and Address
Animal TypeAnimal NumberWatershed
Smith Acres
12310 Blanchard Road
Greenwood, DE 19950
David B. Smith
12310 Blanchard Road
Greenwood, DE 19950
McDowell, Edward Farm
5020 Farm Lane
Greenwood, DE 19950
Edward McDowell
5020 Farm Lane
Greenwood, DE 19950
Family Pride Farm
23019 Perry’s Way
Bridgeville, DE 19933
Belinda & Clayton Perry
16515 Cedar Corners Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
C54,900Gravelly Branch
Littleton Farms LLC
30117 Beaver Dam Branch Road
Laurel, DE 19956
Walter L. Littleton Jr.
203 Horner Avenue
Laurel, DE 19956
C52,000Broad Creek
Webber Farms
3652 Sudlersville Road
Clayton, DE 19938
Matthew C. Webber
3652 Sudlersville Road
Clayton, DE 19938

On the basis of a preliminary staff review and application of lawful standards and regulations, DNREC proposes to authorize General NPDES CAFO permit coverage under Permit Number DE 0051233 to the above referenced farms, subject to certain effluent limitations and conditions. In accordance with Section 9.5 of Delaware’s Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution, the Secretary of DNREC can authorize such coverage pending public notice.

Permit documents including notices of intent, nutrient management plans, and the general permit are available for inspection by contacting:

Nutrient Management Program
Delaware Department of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

A public hearing will not be held on any of the above farms unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a meritorious request by 4:30pm Friday December 17, 2021. A request for a hearing shall list the specific farm, be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the hearing. It must also show a familiarity with the application and a reasoned statement of the activity’s probable impact.

Public hearing requests can be made by submitting a written request to:

Surface Water Discharges Section
Lydia Smith