Manure Management Planning Benefits People, the Animals, the Environment, and Your Bottom Line
Facility assessments are voluntary, mock inspections completed by our team of experts to allow livestock facilities the opportunity to self‐identify potential non‐compliance items. Our staff can then work closely with the facility to resolve the issue before it becomes a formal non‐compliance item. The assessments also give us the chance to review paperwork and ensure the facility is operating within permit requirements.
Site appraisals are conducted to determine whether a particular site is a good location for a new livestock facility. Several factors are considered during a site appraisal such as topography, distance to surface water, soil type, drainage area, depth to groundwater, separation distance to neighbors, and other site‐specific characteristics.
Facility Planning and Design
Our team uses AutoCAD to design and develop engineering plans for both new and existing livestock facilities. AutoCAD takes the conceptual vision of a facility and brings it to life with a two‐ and three‐dimensional draft.
As-Built Plans and Construction Certificates
As‐built plans detail any deviations from the approved engineering plans and specifications, assuring any deviations to the system were constructed following applicable statutes, regulations, and design standards. Construction may need to differ from the approved plans due to unexpected bedrock, change in layout, or other unforeseen environmental matters. Construction certificates assure the system was constructed by the approved plans and specifications with no deviations.
Permitting and Certifications
SEC can complete and submit the necessary forms, such as the initial registration form and permit application, for new livestock facilities, and the permit renewal form for existing livestock facilities.
Groundwater monitoring plans are commonly developed for livestock facilities located in areas with shallow groundwater to monitor the waste management system’s effectiveness at preventing wastewater from entering groundwater. This is done by installing multiple wells both upgradient and downgradient from the facility. SEC pulls samples from the wells, and the results of the downgradient wells are compared to the results of the upgradient well. The wells are commonly analyzed for TSe, ammonia, nitrate‐nitrogen, and chloride.
Permit closure plans outline the actions that will be taken to clean and dispose of all remaining waste at facilities no longer in operation. The plan also provides what actions will be taken for the abandonment and closure of pens, confinement buildings, any other improvements, and the waste management system including the removal of all wastewater, sludge, and nutrient contaminated soils.