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Best Management Practices

The lack of vegetation along streambanks and the presence of cattle can cause severe erosion problems.

Through our Voluntary program, we install Best Management Practices "BMP's", which are agricultural practices designed to increase farm productivity while minimizing impacts on the environment. They provide cost effective management of soil erosion issues including streambank and topsoil losses. BMP's may include graveled farm roads, graveled feed areas, streambank stabilization, graveled stream crossings and grassed waterways. We also construct streambank fencing to protect the streamside vegetation along with providing safe, reliable watering system for livestock including ponds, spring developments, pumping systems and/or water tanks.

We are not opposed to the livestock watering from the stream we only want to protect the vegetation along the streambank. A stream crossing as seen above provides a stable area for animals and farm equipment to cross the stream as well as provides a stable watering point for livestock.

Once assistance is requested by a landowner, it is the responsibility of the Clinch Powell Watershed Alliance staff to meet with the landowner and discuss the problems and possible solutions. We then assist the landowner in design and placement of the BMP's, as well as obtaining any permits need for the work. The staff is then present during most phases of the construction, assisting in any last minute decision, which need to be made. We feel that being involved with every aspect of the project makes the process simpler and easier on the landowner. Upon completion, these BMP's are used as demonstrations for other landowners in the area, allowing local landowners to learning from each other about the ups and downs of these Best Management Practices.

Clean Water is a valuable resource for both farmers and homeowners. Our efforts are designed to protect the surface streams of the Clinch and Powell Rivers Watersheds by working with the community.

The Clinch Powell Watershed Alliance is tackling some of the more complex pollution issues in the Clinch and Powell rivers watershed, by breaking it into its most resourceful entity, the individual communities. The Clinch Powell Watershed Alliance recognizes that each community is special and focuses on the concerns of the people who live there. We try to provide solutions to landowner concerns through direct involvement or referral to qualified agencies. Our large partner base allows us to give landowners direction to investigate their concerns and find possible solutions.