Soil Investigations for Liquid Manure Storage Areas in Hydrologically Vulnerable Townships in Douglas County
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.
$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.
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
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.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS