Soil Investigations for Liquid Manure Storage Areas in Hydrologically Vulnerable Townships in Douglas County

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Douglas SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This project seeks to inventory twenty registered feedlots identified as having an Unpermitted Liquid Manure Storage Area. Specifically, this inventory would include offering cost-share for soils investigations. These feedlots are located in three townships that have also been identified as having groundwater that is vulnerable to nutrient pollution, necessitating a need for nitrate testing per MN Department of Agriculture. These townships also house the vast majority of remaining unpermitted Liquid Manure Storage Areas in the County.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications


Conflict of Interest Contact

Annie Felix-Gerth

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015, First Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7(c)
Appropriation Language

$6,000,000 the first year and $6,000,000 the second year are for targeted local resource protection and enhancement grants and statewide program enhancements for technical assistance, citizen and community outreach, and training and certification, as well as projects, practices, and programs that supplement or otherwise exceed current state standards for protection, enhancement, and restoration of water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams or that protect groundwater from degradation, including compliance.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in a feedlot inventory of those registered feedlots having an Unpermitted Liquid Manure Storage. Specifically, this project will conduct soil investigation and the development of a Comprehensive Manure Nutrient Plan (CMNP)for ea

Measurable Outcome(s)

Work was completed as per the approved work plan and included the final engineering assistance cost share contract was completed for the grant. Only 50% of the original grant was spent. The reason for this was many of the existing Ag waste systems that were originally lined up for soil boring, the landowners decided that the pits will no longer be used and decided to close the pits. The grant area was chosen because of the large number of dairy farms and with the past year of milk price these landowners decided to get out of the dairy business.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved some proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Douglas SWCD are: Dave Wolf, Gerhard Thoennes, Jon Schneider, Ken Rutten, Paul Barsness
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Douglas SWCD
Street Address
900 Robert St Ste 102
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767