Water Resources

Indicator Definition

The volume of water used by a sector for each process, and any impacts on water quality by a sector for each process.

Why is this indicator important to the Auction Market sector?

Adopting a water resource management strategy at an auction market significantly impacts both water quantity and quality as well as maintaining and providing an adequate supply of clean water to animals.

Metric

Are water resource management strategies implemented at the auction that address water management, water use optimization/conservation, and water quality?

Why did we choose this metric?

Water resource management strategies allow the auction to monitor and put measures in place to optimize the usage of water, protect surface and groundwater quality, and utilize water wisely as a heat or dust control measure, as well as maintain and provide an adequate supply of clean water to animals. 

Desired Outcomes

A properly developed and implemented water resource management strategy can have positive effects related to water resources sustainability outcomes including:

  • Conserving water for future generations
  • Retaining and reusing of storm water runoff
  • Recycling organic nutrients
  • Ensuring auction market practices are protective of surface and groundwater

Why do these outcomes matter?

Auction market operators are responsible for consumptive water use and ensuring water quality of ground and surface water resources. Retaining and reusing stormwater runoff can protect surface water quality, leading to reduced risk of issues such as eutrophication. Recycling manure nutrients collected at auction markets can provide a natural source of fertilizer for crop and forage production.

Success Criteria

Increased adoption of the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework water resources metric by auction markets.

How does this metric continuously improve beef sustainability?

Increased adoption of the water resources metric by auction market operations over time should lead to improved outcomes for responsible water use, and improved water quality for both surface and ground water resources.

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