Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering


The need for runoff facilities at animal feeding operations has just been recognized in the past few years. Concern has been expressed by water pollution control officials in regard to the pollution potential of animal wastes. As a result, regulations to reduce pollution from feedlot sources are being formulated. South Dakota and several states are in the process of drawing up similar regulations. Unfortunately, these regulations are, in some cases, being formulated with limited evidence of the pollution resulting directly from animal feeding operations. A recent study conducted in the Big Sioux River basin in South Dakota indicted that feedlots contribute a very small portion of the load normally present in the river. Past research has been concerned primarily with feedlot pollution resulting from rainfall. Information in literature regarding the influence of spring runoff from snowmelt was not found. The general objective of this investigation was to explore the pollutional characteristics of runoff from two feedlots in eastern South Dakota

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cattle -- Feeding and feeds

Water -- Pollution

Animal waste

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