NRCS Practice Standard: Waste Storage Facility (313)

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NRCS Practice Standard: Waste Storage Facility (313)

About the Company:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.

The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.

Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.

To find a local NRCS Service center click here.

To find the specific guideline for each state click here.

About the Solution:

Waste Storage Facility (313)

A waste storage facility is an agricultural waste storage impoundment or containment made by constructing an embankment, excavating a pit or dugout, or by fabricating a structure.

Practice Information

The waste storage facility provides temporary storage of manure, agricultural by-products, wastewater, and/or contaminated runoff. The facility allows agricultural operation management flexibility for waste utilization. Storage structure types include liquid waste storage ponds or tanks, and solid waste stacking structures.

Facility planning should incorporate environmental concerns, economics, the overall waste management system plan, and safety and health factors.

The design of waste storage structures depends on the intended storage period, the site location, Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, waste type and production rate, equipment limitations, and safety concerns.

An operation and maintenance plan should be developed to specify requirements for emptying the storage facility. The plan should specify timing, rates, and volume of waste applications. For ponds, the plan also should include requirements for timely removal of waste material to accommodate subsequent storms.

Common Associated Practices

NRCS conservation practice standard (CPS) Waste Storage Facility (Code 313) is commonly applied with conservation practices such as:

  • Waste Transfer (Code 634)
  • Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Soil Treatment (Code 520)
  • Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membrane (Code 521a)
  • Pond Sealing or Lining, Concrete (Code 522)
  • Composting Facility (Code 317)
  • Nutrient Management (Code 590)
  • Waste Recycling (Code 633)

  • To view the full NRCS standard for Waste Storage Facilities please click here.

    Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC United States 1-833-ONE-USDA Visit Company Website

    Solution Type

    • AD Support


    • Others


    • Other


    • Storage

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    Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators

    Anaerobic Digester Associated Technology:

    NOTE: There are several technology types that are used as part of an integrated manure management system that includes an anaerobic digester and are not applicable to manure management in other cases. The impact of these technologies on the critical indicators are represented as those of an entire anaerobic digester system.


    • Long usable life and can be run reliably
    • Creates energy and generates environmental credits
    • Requires proper preparation of the feedstock
    • Requires other technologies for energy utilization
    • Requires other technologies for digestate handling
    • Proper feeding & system monitoring is required to avoid system downtime
    • Proven technology for odor control, GHG reduction and pathogen reduction

    Newtrient Comments/Opinions:

    Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.

    To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.

    The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.

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