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  1. Rain Water Collection for Poultry Production Alabama Mountains, Rivers & Valleys RC&D Council, Inc. Mike Roden, Executive Director Jay Grantland, Projects Manager

  2. Conservation Innovations Grant CIG

  3. Are You Ready?!

  4. Where We Are….

  5. Historically the AMRV-RC&D Has Been Very Active in Waste Management“Although we have informed the birds of these regulations, they have done nothing to decrease the amount of manure produced during these critical times”.

  6. Cullman Times Sunday, August 29, 2010 “This is the first time in 20 years it’s cost me money to grow chickens,” said Holly Pond farmer Terry Carr Friday. “Our chickens haven’t performed like they should. The thing about it is, I’m still doing everything I’ve done—to the tee—for the last 20 years, and the only variable, really, that’s outside my control is the water. I’m not the only one out this way who’s having the same problem at the same time.”

  7. Why? • “Global water consumption doubles every 20 years due to population growth…..a factor that has not only contributed to water scarcity but also growing strains on all facets of agriculture.” • Southeast Farm Press

  8. Costs • “a four-house poultry operation typically uses 1 ¾ to 2 million gallons of treated water each year, leading to annual operating costs of between $4,000 and $10,000 , depending on prevailing water rates. In fact, water, along with electricity and propane, are the primary factors rapidly eating away at poultry growers’ profitability and, ultimately, their prospects of staying in business.” • Gene Simpson, Auburn University Extension System (NPTC)

  9. Why? • Rural Water Rates Rising Faster Than Any Other Utility • Low Profit Margin for Poultry Growers • Water Quality • Water Seepage into Poultry Houses from Roof Rainwater runoff

  10. NUTRIENT RUN-OFF REDUCTION • Large roof surfaces have the potential to convey tremendous volumes of water which can transport nutrient & sediment in the water.

  11. WATER FOR BIRDS AND COOL CELLS • Rainwater harvesting can provide readily available cost-effective water for birds and cool cells.

  12. We All Knew What We Wanted But We Didn’t Understand how to get it….

  13. The Team • Auburn University • $8,000 National Poultry Technology Center • AMRV-RC&D • $50,000 CIG Grant NRCS • $20,000 Al Assoc RC&D • $5,000 CAWACO RC&D • $1,275 AMRVRCD FARMER • $12,000 BRAE Rainwater Company $$$$$$

  14. What the Farmer Needed….

  15. Our ApproacOur Approach

  16. So We Decided To Work Smarter…..

  17. Some of Us Needed More Smarts…..

  18. Challenges… • Drinking Water Quality • Poultry Company Approval • Bio-Security • Costs

  19. How It Works • Collection & Conveyance: Gutters 2) Storage: 80,000 gal tanks • Water Treatment: Ozone / Chlorination 4) Delivery: Gravity flow ..all tanks connected at the bottom 5) Redundancy: Ozone/Chlorine Power loss switch

  20. (1)The Gutters…..

  21. (1) ALTERNATIVE GUTTER • 6 inch double wall corrugated pipe.

  22. (2) Storage Tanks…

  23. 60,000 Gallons Initially

  24. Tank Installation

  25. 80,000 Gallons Total Storage

  26. (3) Water Treatment

  27. Delivery…Connected

  28. FINAL AS-BUILT CONCEPT

  29. Condensation Surprises

  30. Farm Tours……

  31. Field Days…Local Ag Partners

  32. Field Days…Elected & Agency Officials

  33. The Results

  34. Where We Are…….

  35. The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

  36. NRCS EQIP Cost Share Pilot in Alabama

  37. Next Step…….

  38. I Hope We Have Been Clear….

  39. If We Haven’t Shown You What You Wanted To See…We’re Sorry

  40. Call US…..We Are Always On the job…. Mike.roden@amrvrcd.comjay.grantland@amrvrcd.com 256-773-8495

  41. "All programs and assistance of the USDA-NRCS and AMRV-RC&D are available without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."