Officials from Presque Isle Downs met with the Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies back in January to discuss permits and plans dealing with environmental issues. Crews have been working on the 1 mile oval track for months now, and hope to have it ready for the first race on September 1st.
Once the track is ready, hundreds of horses will call Presque Isle Downs home and that prompts several questions about how horse waste and runoff will be handled.
The Department of Environmental Protection says the track has been in contact with them and will have to meet certain guidelines including a nutrient management plan, which explains how the track is going to store, transport and dispose of the manure that will be generated there.
Presque Isle Downs will also have to adopt a pollution prevention plan and a storm water run off plan. Presque Isle Downs expects to have 25 days of racing this September and then a full season next summer with more than 500 horses.