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Researchers to study livestock burial sites


August 19, 2010
By Manure Manager

August 19, 2010, Winnipge, MB – The Manitoba Livestock Manure
Management Initiative’s board of directors recently approved a project
to study the chemistry and biology of groundwater below a mass burial
site.

August 19, 2010, Winnipge, MB – The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative’s board of directors recently approved a project to study the chemistry and biology of groundwater below a mass burial site.

Dr. Terrance Fonstad, a researcher and associate professor with the College of Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, will lead the project, entitled Groundwater Chemistry and Biology Below Mortalities Disposal Sites.

The objective of the study is to determine the fate of contaminants from an existing burial site. This will help to assess the transport potential of those contaminants into groundwater supplies over time.

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Groundwater models will then be developed to assist federal and provincial regulators in determining the risks associated with burial site use. The models will also assist in preparing protocols to govern future establishment of burial sites.

For this project, Dr. Fonstad and colleagues will study a Saskatchewan-based site that was used to bury elk euthanized during a chronic wasting disease control measure in 2000.

The project will be administered by the Manure Initiative and funded by the Canada-Manitoba Growing Forward Initiative.

To stay updated on the progress of this project please visit the Manure Initiative’s website at www.manure.mb.ca/projects


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