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Feedlot Runoff Control, The Minnesota Approach

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  032310,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14032) @2003
Authors:   John C. Brach
Keywords:   Feedlot Runoff, Wastewater, Filter Strip, Buffer, Waste Management

This paper explains the rationale and methodology used to develop the Wastewater and Feedlot Runoff Control interim standard developed in Minnesota. Minnesota feedlot regulations allow for a limited discharge from some feedlots while requiring total control for others. This standard spells out the criteria that must be met for 5 different levels of control ranging from total runoff control to the use of natural buffers. The standard also lists allowable uses for each level of control, which are consistent with state feedlot regulations.

This standard has established common definitions for use by regulatory and technical assistance personnel. Although this standard will not eliminate the need for professional judgement, it will greatly improve communication on this issue and should enhance the ability of many small operators to obtain the feedlot permits in a timely manner.

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