Base Plans Now Available for Manure Storage Structures
Agricultural structures can be vitally important to the success of both commercial and non-commercial farms. From hay and equipment storage to farm stands and manure storage, the structures need to be economically feasible, safe, and able to meet the needs of the farmer or landowner. Under current Pierce County code, agriculture structures may require permits including fire, development, and building. Additional considerations include critical areas and aquifer recharge. There may be more.
To alleviate some of the effort, the Pierce Conservation District (PCD) farm program, with the help of the Pierce County Plans Examiner Donna Magnuson, the new Pierce County Agriculture Liaison Diane Marcus-Jones and our tireless area engineer Kelly Cahill, developed base plan designs for compost structures. Using a pre-approved base plan will significantly reduce the permit review time and cost. In addition, these structures will allow the landowner several options including wall type, roofing and footing material and dimensions.
Cost share to help install compost bins, exclusion fencing to permanently keep livestock out of surface water, and heavy use areas may be available to landowners in priority watersheds that are completing a farm plan.
Thanks to generous funding provided by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and the Washington State Department of Health, these base plans are available free of charge to Pierce County residents who are working with the Conservation District to implement nutrient management on their farm or property. For more information, please contact René Skaggs or Sofia Gidlund or call 253-845-9770.