Built by McLennan Contractors, LLC and completed in 2007, A round, earth quake proof, concrete, one million gallon holding capacity tank added additional holding capacity for our waste. Allowing us to store it throughout the winter and then apply it in the summer when the soil is warmest and the nutrients will be best absorbed.
Working together with NRCS, Federal, State and local agencies we set a precedent for waste handling systems in the State of California. The first ever built in the State, engineered to Federal and State guidelines for construction and approved by all permitting agencies. The "Wetherell Tank" is now approved for use on Dairies throughout the State.
We contacted NRCS for assistance in Federal and State regulations. Working closely with Mark Meisner and Andrea Souther we began a project that took three years to complete.
We started doing our research on different styles of waste management by visiting Dairies in Humboldt County that were using earthen lagoons. We took two tours to Tillamook County, Oregon, with soil and climate similar to ours where they where using round cement tanks. With the Internet we were able to find statistics on systems from all over the world.
After thoroughly researching both systems we chose the concrete tank because it would have less of an environmental impact on our Dairy. Finding the lagoons to be less cost effective for the future, the loss of pasture would have been double and with the history and chance of failure of the lagoon the risk would have been too great.
Being in such an environmentally sensitive area we worked closely with and were approved by all of the following agencies regarding their permitting and requirements for construction.....
California Coastal Commission
Del Norte County Planning Department
Natural Resource Conservation Services
Rich loves a challenge and with three times the amount of permitting time, five times the cost of getting an earthen lagoon and every permitting agency on speed dial we now have "The Tank".
This Cara Cara showed up in Fort Dick pastures a few years back. He has never left and has been seen on numerous occasions offering scraps of gophers to a certain raven. Must be something in the eyes!
A Herd of Roosevelt Elk sunathing on the river bar adjacent to the Fish Habitat Enhancement Project.