Lesson 23. Manure Storage Construction and Safety, New Facility Considerations

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Intended Outcomes

The participants will

  • Understand the sealing concepts, compaction, and practices necessary to obtain a target permeability rate in earthen manure storage structures.
  • Understand the basic structural considerations for constructed manure storage.
  • Appreciate the need for safety plans and considerations in manure storage.



The participants will

  • Review/identify acceptable soil types for earthen impoundments.
  • Identify applicable NRCS soil permeability groups.
  • Identify and discuss standard practices and testing to obtain sealing and structural integrity.
  • Complete a compliance checklist for applicable seepage/permeability requirements, safety aspects, fencing, and signage requirements.

Author: Charles Fulhage and John Hoehne