Myth #4Facilities don’t have established procedures or plans to avoid or handle spills, runoff, etc.
- Opponents say “Livestock operations don’t have plans to prevent pollution from such issues as runoff and lagoon spills.”
- In truth, the 1996 Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act established requirements for the design, construction, and operation of livestock management and livestock waste-handling facilities. It also established specific procedures and criteria for the siting of such facilities and outline for the public information meeting process. This act requires specific criteria for waste management plans and lagoon designs.
Did you know that a vegetative treatment system is a different way of designing livestock waste control facilities? This system applies livestock runoff to a vegetated area of perennial grass. The vegetative treatment area (VTA) collects runoff from livestock pens in a sediment basin. As the water and waste collect in the sediment basin for 12 to 24 hours, solids separate to the bottom and the water rises to the top. Utilizing traditional irrigation principals, producers can then apply the liquid waste to their grass.