MODULE 08 - Streamside Fencing

Vegetation and banks are damaged when domestic animals are allowed unrestricted access to streams. When grazing removes stream bank vegetation, water temperatures rise, contaminants flow unchecked into streams, and stream health deteriorates. Also, animals often wear down banks, causing erosion and sedimentation. Animal wastes contaminate the water with organic and inorganic nutrients, bacteria and viruses.

Fencing streams in agricultural areas solves many of these problems. It also helps protect vegetation that has been planted in an attempt o restore habitat. The streamside fencing module provides information on approaching landowners, designing fences and incorporating cattle watering areas.

Project Approval Required Training Time Commitment (per year) Number of People Time of Year
yes not necessary several days 2 or more spring through fall

Module 8 Resources

Hoskins Creek riparian planting photos, 2003

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