Feedlot can use road ditch for storm runoff
Red Willow County commissioners Monday morning approved a Danbury feedlot operator's request to use a county road ditch to transmit storm water runoff to the Beaver Creek.
Marty Conroy of McCook, a project manager for rdg Geoscience and Engineering Inc., McCook, told commissioners during their regular meeting that feedlot owner /operator Mike Daffer has done a good job creating a plan by which excess storm water would be pumped from an existing storm water collection pond on his feedlot property into the county ditch and then into the Beaver Creek.
This is not feedlot runoff, Conroy said, explaining -- when Commission Chairman Earl McNutt asked if there was any potential for pen waste to get into the road ditch -- that there is no feedlot waste in this storm water pond.
McNutt said Daffer would probably have to pump into the road ditch only rarely, in the case of an extremely large rain or several rains in succession.
Gary Dicenta, the county's roads superintendent, suggested that in the written approval commissioners require Daffer to repair any major erosion and/or damages to the ditch and/or road caused by the pumping.
Conroy said Daffer is creating a new plan which includes a sediment basin and holding ponds to comply with new Department of Environmental Quality regulations. Daffer is preparing to file an application with the DEQ, Conroy said, and the county's granting of the right to transmit water in the county ditch would become part of that DEQ permit.
Commissioners approved Daffer's request to use the county ditch, with changes regarding Daffer's responsibility for road and/or ditch damages.
The commissioners' ap-proval of the request, Conroy said, makes a clear statement that Red Willow County is livestock-friendly.