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Vegetated Filter Strip Design – Overview and Case Study
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 062160, 2006 ASAE Annual Meeting . @2006
Authors: José R. Bicudo, Robert Stone, P., Eckhard Pastrik, Janice Patterson, Pam Hazlewood P., Dorota Mlynarz
Keywords: Manure, stormwater, cattle, feedlot, vegetated filter strip, water quality
CH2M HILL developed a design manual for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to be consistent with the Nutrient Management Act and regulation and with the following three primary objectives: (i) illustrate and describe the key components of a farm-based Vegetated Filter Strip (VFS) System for treating agricultural runoff; (ii) allow farm owners/operators and other rural landowners the opportunity to carry out a preliminary assessment of the applicability of a VFS system for their specific farmstead; and (iii) outline the detailed design process for the development of a VFS system for managing agricultural runoff. This paper will provide an overview of the design manual and provide a real case study example of VFS system design and configuration for a farm in southern Ontario.