Environment Clear Springs Foods — A Sustainable Past… A Clear Path Forward
With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations enacted in Idaho as early as 1972, Clear Springs has been at the forefront of environmental stewardship. Today, Rainbow Trout is recommended as a “Best Choice” on many seafood watch lists and is listed on the exclusive “Super Green List” of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
In addition, Clear Springs prides itself on being proactive on other sustainable programs for the following reasons:
- Efforts to further reduce our environmental footprint are ongoing through a company-wide continuous process improvement program.
- Our plant facilities are regularly inspected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Commerce (USDC) and third party auditors to ensure food safety, product quality and consumer expectations.
- We are regularly inspected by the US Department of Labor to ensure employee safety and fair treatment.
- We manufacture our own feed and strive to purchase fish meal from certified sustainable fisheries. Our research is focused on discovering suitable plant based proteins to diminish the need for fish meal.
- We manage our waste stream through the manufacture of liquid Clear Organic® fertilizer, manure composting and supplying an ingredient for pet food production.
- Good fish welfare conditions are practiced throughout the growing process.
- Netting above fish runways is bird friendly, resulting in non-lethal predator exclusion.
- Effluent water from our farms and processing plant is under strict National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for each farm and facility and is monitored by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and EPA. Furthermore, company effluent standards are more stringent than state or federal requirements.
- We are a non-consumptive user of our water source, using only pure underground aquifer spring water for fish production. Water use is regulated by the State of Idaho.
Sustainability efforts are supported by our state-of-the-art Research and Development center which monitors water quality in the springs and the Snake River, provides an array of fish health services to the farms, and maintains an active research program directed at further reducing environmental impact.