zones of vegetation to filter runoff.
How it works
How it helps
Better water quality results from reducing amounts of nutrients, chemicals, animal waste and sediment entering the stream.
Buffer zones provide cover and habitat for birds and small animals.
Are proper soil conservation measures installed in the stream watershed to prevent siltation of buffer zones and streambed?
Will a stream crossing be needed for livestock?
Smooth streambanks to provide an adequate seedbed for vegetation.
The vegetation area along streambanks should be between 15 and 25 feet wide. *
Remove fallen trees, stumps and debris that might cause turbulence in the stream.
Remove trees and brush that adversely affect the growth of desirable bank vegetation.
Avoid damaging buffer zones with herbicides from surrounding cropland.
Remove off-stream watering systems in the winter if necessary, and reinstall in the spring.
* Check local recommendations.