Manure Lagoon

Industrial livestock farms store manure and other farm wastes in gigantic tanks known as "lagoons" which can hold millions of gallons of manure and urine. These lagoons often leak and - during large storms - may rupture or simply overflow. When this happens, the environmental damage can be devastating, as raw manure is up to 160 times more toxic than raw municipal sewage. Leaking lagoons also release antibiotic residues and harmful bacteria that can leach into water supplies.