Analysis of contaminant movement from a manure storage facility

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Authors:Bickford, Barbara J.
Source:Institution: University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI, United States
Publication Date:1983
Note:In English. Master's thesis
Summary:This study documents research done in 1980 and 1981 to determine the areal and vertical extent of groundwater contamination near a manure pit in the White Clay Lake watershed, Shawano County, Wisconsin. The manure pit has earthen sidewalls and a concrete bottom and holds liquid and solid wastes from dairy cattle. Soils at the site consist of fine to coarse sands with discontinuous gravel, sandy clay and tight pebbly clay layers. Four lines of evidence indicate that the manure pit is leaking. It is postulated that contaminants from the manure pit leaked through the cracked and eroded earthen sidewalls when manure levels were rising. After passage through eight to ten feet of saturated sands and gravels, the contaminants were transported away from the source within the top six feet of the saturated zone.—Modified author abstract.
Subjects:Animal waste; Engineering geology; Environmental geology; Geochemistry; Ground water; Movement; Nitrogen; Pollution; Saturated zone; Seepage; Sewage; Surveys; Waste disposal; Great Lakes region; North America; Shawano County Wisconsin; United States; Wisconsin; East-central Wisconsin; White Clay Lake region
Coordinates:N440000 N440000 W0880000 W0890000
Record ID:1984025391
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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