Manure Storage

Mason County is a rural area that is home to both small farms and estuarine and aquatic environments. One characteristic of farm life that, if improperly cared for, can have a negative impact on local marine life and water quality is manure. Manure can make its way into our waterways, impacting water we depend on for drinking, shellfish harvest and recreation.

However if manure is properly stored and managed it can have a positive impact on the growth of produce without impacting our waters.

Manure should be stored…

  • Away from any stream or drainage course, outside of floodplains and away from wells or any source of drinking water.
  • On an impervious base that prevents the downward leaching of contaminants and directs the flow of any drainage towards a vegetated area or “filter strip” (dense grass, shrubs or trees).
  • In appropriate bins/areas that will not deteriorate due to long term exposure to animal waste and are large enough to sufficiently contain the influx of manure from the farm.

Ready to act? here are some resources to get you started.

Manure Storage

Deciding on a Manure Storage Option

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