Agricultural Conservation Plans Help Keep Streams Clean

November 27 2017

livestock excluded from riparian areas3e is helping to keep streams clean through our work with private landowners, the Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We prepared an Agricultural Conservation Plan, including design of exclusion fencing, stream crossings, and other infrastructure aimed at improving water quality on a farm in central Virginia. The project will:

-reestablish riparian buffers by installing new exclusion fence to keep cows out of riparian areas;

-improve water quality by keeping cows from excreting waste directly into the stream; and

-minimize streambank and streambed erosion by constructing new crossings for cattle to cross streams

-minimize travel surface erosion by consolidating trails and establishing a fenced hardened walking trail

Because the landowner and SWCD will receive cost reimbursements from the NRCS, 3e also assisted by preparing a cultural resources evaluation and coordinating with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for the project to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  This project, including the design, was funded by a grant from the Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program to enhance water quality in the State. 

Want to learn more? Contact us to start a conversation! 3e staff will be on hand at the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District 2017 Annual Meeting. We hope to see you there!

exclusion fencingstream crossing