Report on Livestock Access to Streams (2010)

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Introduction to 2010 Report on Livestock Access to Streams

 

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Introduction to 2010 Report on Livestock Access to Streams

A committee comprised of staff from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, USDA, Northeast Organic Farming Association, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Livestock Farmers, Farmers’ Watershed Alliance, Agency of Natural Resources, and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain reviewed existing programs excluding livestock from surface waters in Vermont. 

Program gaps were identified and alternative solutions developed in order to expand the use of livestock exclusion practices statewide.  The committee estimated the number of farming operations with livestock having access to streams and the costs associated with building the necessary infrastructure to minimize impacts caused when riparian pasture areas are not properly managed to prevent water quality issues. 

Finally, recommendations have been provided for a new program approach that reduces costs and offers options not presently available to farmers as a means to gaining acceptance and widespread adoption.