Riparian Management- Livestock Management & Tree/Shrub Planting

The Riparian Management Programs are designed to assist landowners with the protection and restoration of corridor areas along waterways (known as riparian habitat) in an effort to reduce stream bank erosion, enhance habitat for wildlife, and improve downstream water quality. These programs  Other projects that provide benefits and enhancements to the riparian area will also be considered.

Livestock Management

Restricting livestock access to riparian areas not only benefits water quality and bank stability, but can also improve livestock performance.  Livestock that drink cleaner water spend more time grazing and ingest more forage.  Research has shown that animals experience greater weight gain when drinking clean water compared with direct access to dugouts and ponds.  By keeping livestock out of the water, health problems such as foot rot can also be reduced.

Funding is available from the SRRCD for:

  • Fencing off riparian areas (streams, rivers, creeks etc. including those that don’t flow year round)
  • Establishing watering systems away from riparian areas
  • Constructing designated livestock crossings

SRRCD will cover up to 75% of the total project costs, up to a maximum of $4,000 to fence off riparian areas. We will also cover 75% of project costs, up to a maximum of $7,500 to establish a watering system once fencing is in place. Livestock crossings will also be funded at 75% of total project costs, up to a maximum of $1,000.

Funding is also available from the SRRCD for:

  • Fencing off dugouts and ponds 
  • Establishing watering systems away from dugouts/ponds

The SRRCD will cover up to 75% of the total project costs, up to a maximum of $1,000 to fence off dugouts or phonds. We will aslo cover 50% of project costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 to establish a watering system once fencing is in place.

NOTE: landowners who already have fencing in place may apply for our watering system or livestock crossing programs on their own. Similarly, you can apply for the fencing program without also applying for the watering system program. Fencing must be in place (or applied for through our program) in order to qualify for the watering system program.

Riparian Livestock Management Application*

 

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Tree/Shrub Planting

Shorelines are held together by a diversity of plants with strong, deep root systems. Especially important, are woody shrubs whose root systems can be expansive and tend to hold large areas of soil together.  These plants can also slow the flow of water in a waterway through friction.  Well vegetated riparian areas tend to be deep and narrow due to the binding nature of the plant’s root systems.  When vegetation is removed, the streams become shallow and wide. This can lower the water table, causing the area to become less productive.  Another benefit to a healthy riparian area is enhanced water quality.  Nutrients are used by the plants, which also trap sediment that is in turn incorporated into the stream bank.

The SRRCD has developed the following projects to promote riparian vegetation improvement:

  • Willow Planting – to increase bank stability
  • Under-story Planting – to replenish mature stands with young trees
  • Tree Buffer Establishment – for areas where trees are not present, or have been removed

For the willow and under-story plantings, the SRRCD will provide stakes/seedlings and conduct the planting along the designated river bank covering 100% of the cost.  The funding available from the SRRCD for the tree buffer establishment is 75% of total project costs, up to a maximum contribution of $1000.

Tree Planting Application*

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