Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Special Studies: M.S.
Environmental and Technological Studies
College of Science and Engineering
Keywords and Subject Headings
farm manure, storage, Minnesota, environmental aspects, animal waste, water, pollution
Manure storage basins are a necessary component to many animal agriculture production systems. Manures within these basins are a valuable source of nutrients for crops, however they must be managed appropriately to protect water resources. Some contaminants found within animal manures may pose potential human or environmental health risks.
The objectives of this study were to: 1) determine characteristics of eight sites containing abandoned manure storage basins; 2) quantify contaminant concentration in soil and groundwater at the abandoned basin sites; 3) quantify the comparative risk posed by the abandoned basins; 4) determine overall comparative risk posed by the abandoned manure storage basins in the study.
The study was conducted at eight abandoned manure storage basins throughout Steams County, Minnesota. These basins are part of ongoing research evaluating the effectiveness of two alternative manure basin closure techniques by the Steams County Soil & Water Conservation District. Soil and groundwater sampling at each of the sites aided in identifying the level of risk posed by the abandoned basins. Background, in basin, and downgradient samples were collected to analyze contaminant levels throughout the study locations.
Statistical analysis comparing contaminant concentrations generally revealed a lack of difference between any of the sampling locations. The few differences detected are cations which will likely be adsorbed to soils with moderate clay content (found at nearly all sites). In addition, phytoremediation will likely reach the depths in concern, decreasing overall risk.
Storlien, Joe, "Comparative Risk Assessment and Alternative Closure Techniques of Abandoned Manure Storage Basins in Central Minnesota" (2008). Culminating Projects in Environmental and Technological Studies. 3.