CMT Engineering Inc. performs subsurface investigations for manure storage facilities, either using excavation of test pits or drilling to obtain soil samples.

The purpose of the investigation is to determine if the site meets the requirements for a permanent nutrient storage facility in compliance with the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 (Ontario Regulation 267/03 and amended to Ontario Regulation 511/05). The legislation is a comprehensive province-wide approach to nutrient management. It is designed to protect soil and water quality in Ontario’s rural communities, while allowing farmers to invest and operate their farms with confidence. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MEPC) are responsible for governing the Act.

The reports deal mainly with the siting and site characterization sections as outlined in Part VIII (Siting and Construction Standards) of the Regulation. Included in the assessment are the soil classifications, as well as comments, recommendations and/or requirements regarding design bearing capacity, hydraulic conductivity, foundation design recommendations, tile drains and monitoring wells.

CMT Engineering Inc. also tests the soils, makes recommendations and provides design for liquid manure storage facilities and earthen lagoons, and determines the suitability of the soils and if geosynthetic liners are required.