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Stabilized Fording Sites

Since crop and pasture lands often straddle watercourses, providing safe crossings for livestock and equipment with reduced potential for negative water quality effects is critical. Additionally, watering livestock at rivers is often the only practical option for agricultural producers. The KWRC has used stable fording sites as both watering locations for livestock as well as crossings for farm equipment. The approaches are properly aligned and hardened, and the stream bottom is stabilized with hard rock to prevent erosion and rutting. Since 1994 the KWRC has installed 85 stabilized fording sites in the watershed.

Benefits of Stabilized Fording Sites:

1. Reduction in stream bank erosion.

2. Improved herd health.

3. Improved aquatic habitat availability.

4. Reduced risk of stream contamination from faulty equipment becoming stuck in stream.

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