Where does the Water go?



From time to time we have people asking us about “water management” on our property. We also get a handful of people accusing us online of polluting the groundwater and/or discharging surface water.

Neither of these concerns is true! Read more to find out why.

Please review the following information which explains why our location safely manages all water. It’s truly interesting and is just one of the many reasons our community is proud of our process.

Property History:

Our BS Ranch & Farm site was utilized as a Clay Settling Area (CSA) for mining activities to the north in the 1950’s.  This mining activity excavated the surface clays to expose minerals below.  To remove the clay layers the material was suspended in a slurry and pumped downhill to this site, where it was allowed to settle and dry out.  As the material accumulated, it was pushed up into a berm along the lower sides, creating a catchment area.

The entire area has been evaluated by geotechnical experts and it has been confirmed that the material created a clay layer of 5 to 7 feet under the entire site, and extending to the surrounding berm.  This clay layer has been deemed to fully restrict the transmission of water, isolating the site from any discharge to the groundwater through the soil.

The certified topographic data provided by Polk County delineates that approximately 400 acres drain to the site.  Based on engineering calculations, it has been determined that for the specified storm events, the available storage volume below the top of the berm fully contains the runoff from the noted drainage area.  As the topographic data dictates that there is enough storage, there is no discharge to the surface waters.

As the clay layer prevents discharge of groundwater and the berm prevents discharge of surface water, there is no discharge from the site.

A water balance has been created which understands the amount of water entering the site from both storm water and within the accepted material.  The water balance recognizes that there is no surface water or groundwater discharge, and the natural decomposition process under managed conditions as well as evaporation are appropriate water reducing aspects.  The process and evaporation adequately reduce the water volume on site from both incoming material and rainfall, preventing the accumulation of water.

So, the site does not discharge, either to the ground or over the surface, and the process coupled with evaporation adequately reduce the accumulated water on the site.

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