Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Water Quality - NIU - REU

Dr. Melissa Lenczewski
Associate Professor
Department of Geology

Dr. Kendall Thu
Department of Anthropology

Dr. Jim Wilson
Assistant Professor
Deparment of Geography

Summary: Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) present a unique environmental situation. These large-scale industrial animal production facilities house many animals in a single location and can keep anywhere from hundreds to millions of animals on site at one time depending on the type of animal that is being produced (Burkholder et al., 2007). 133 million tons of manure is produced by CAFOs annually in the United States, 13 times more than the amount of human waste. Manure from these animals is accumulated and stored at each CAFO facility. Read more...