A standard procedure for rapid direct testing of animal waste storage ponds has recently been approved by the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). The concepts and methods of this procedure also may apply to measurement of overall hydraulic performance of other environmental containment structures in general industry including impoundments, lagoons, open tanks, its and similar reservoirs. Emerging technologies provide significant improvements to these measurements. For example, one system measures water level displacement on the order of 0.01 mm. This sensitivity allows for significant measurement of seepage and evaporation over a single night. The procedure also provides for methodical assessment of measurement accuracy. The procedure and
related technologies have potential to compliment or replace other evaluation methods like inspection and invasive testing of containment structures in agriculture, wastewater treatment, power generation, mining, oil and gas, and water supply.