‘Dugouts are an important multi-purpose water source for rural residents,’ says Shawn Elgert, agricultural water engineer with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘This 2-part webinar series is geared for those with dugouts for livestock, fish dugouts and household usage, not including drinking water.’

Elgert will cover a number of topics including:

  • planning considerations – regulatory issues, size, location, water supply
  • dugout design – soil texture, side slopes, inlet structures, sedimentation
  • construction – pre-construction testing, liners, excavating equipment, hiring a contractor
  • dugout operation and protection – intake systems, pumps, off source livestock watering systems, potential funding sources
  • water quality issues and treatment solutions – algal blooms, chemical pollutants, livestock run-off, preventative and reactionary measures
  • dugouts for stocking fish – water source testing, ideal water quality, sizing, aeration, predators

Register for Rural dugouts: a 2-part webinar series


For more information, connect with Shawn Elgert:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-674-8215
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

For media inquiries about this article, call Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's media line:
Phone: 780-422-1005