Liquid manure storage pit from a dairy operation in northeast Iowa. Photographer: Lynn Betts. Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS.
Temperate, Semiarid, Tropical
North America, South Asia, Europe
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Sediment
A liquid manure handling system is a planned system for collecting, transporting, storing, and disposing of liquid manure and contaminated runoff in a manner which does not degrade the surrounding environment. Necessary components include debris basins, dikes, diversions, fencing, grassed waterways, spray irrigation systems, pond sealing or lining, subsurface drains, surface drains, waste storage ponds, waste storage structures, and waste treatment lagoons. 1
To minimize the effects of storage facilities on nearby water bodies, animal waste management systems should not be located in flood plains.
Scalable to small farms?
1 "Best Management Practices, Today's Agriculture: A Responsible Legacy." Nutrient Best Management Practices. Web. Aug. 2013. http://dda.delaware.gov/nutrients/D17762BestMgmtbklt.pdf .