Guideline for Ground Water
at Livestock Waste Control Facilities
nvestigations into local geologic and ground water conditions adjacent to some livestock operations livestock waste storage structures or livestock waste control facilities (LWCFs) may indicate that a potential for ground water impact exists. Some of the conditions found to be important include shallow depth to water, sandy or coarse-grained sediments, very permeable subsurface sediments, existing ground water quality, and/or use of the ground water as a drinking water source (domestic or municipal).
This Guideline is set up in a question and answer format for quick reference. The Guideline is intended for the owner/operator of the livestock operation, the consulting engineer, or other consultant to help them as they develop and implement a Ground Water Monitoring Plan (GWMP) that includes the Sampling and Analysis Plan for LWCFs. An attempt has been made to list applicable state regulations. Reasonable and well-defined plans will be considered, even if they do not correspond directly to this Guideline. Semi-annual ground water monitoring reports generated as a result of the GWMP are considered legal documents.
This Guideline builds on Chapter 13, “Ground Water Monitoring”, of Title 130, Livestock Waste Control Regulations. Please refer to Chapter 13 if you have specific questions.
NOTE: Ground Water monitoring will not be required for Small and Medium animal feeding operations (AFO), unless one or more of the following have occurred (Title 130, Chapter 13, Section 002):
1. A spill or non-permitted release from the facility,
2. The Department determines that percolation from the facility exceeds the allowable percolation rate, or
3. Any other circumstance that the Department determines may impact ground water quality.
Contacts for information
on Ground Water Monitoring at Livestock Operations
NDEE Water Well Standards and
Contractor’s Licensing Program
NDEE Livestock Waste Control
NDEE Ground Water Monitoring
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922