State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012SD210B
Title: Evaluation of the performance of two vegetated treatment systems
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: First
Focus Categories: Wastewater, Water Quality
Keywords: Wastewater, feedlot, vegetated treatment system
Principal Investigator: Trooien, Todd P.
Federal Funds: $ 4,125
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 8,501
Abstract: Managers of beef feedlots are looking for alternative methods for runoff management because the standard method, a holding pond, it not optimal for every site. This project is designed to measure the performance of an alternative, Vegetated Treatment Systems (VTS) at two sites. One site is a gravity-flow system and the other is a sprinkler system, the first of its type in South Dakota. Surface water flows will be measured and samples. Samples will be analyzed for concentrations of ammonia-N, nitrate-N, total N, total P, and total solids. The results will be used to develop design and management guidelines for VTS.

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