Results and Accomplishments
Farmers and other landowners, environmental organizations, universities and government agencies worked together to implement best management practices (BMPs) and improve water quality. Because of the extensive partnerships developed to implement BMPs and to address complex water quality challenges, the stream no longer exceeds listing criteria for impaired or polluted surface waters in West Virginia.
In 1998, the NRCS began working with the North Fork Watershed Association, a local citizen’s group concerned about recurring ﬂooding. A watershed management plan was developed which recommended practices to lessen ﬂood damage and improve water quality. The group also developed and proposed an Environmental Quality Incentives Program to put sections of the plan into action, which they later implemented as a 319 non-point source watershed project.
The project coordinator does public outreach and coordinates meetings between landowners and the North Fork Watershed Association and its many partners.
A range of BMPs have been established to control runoff from feedlots and eliminate or reduce cattle access to the streams, including:
- Fencing along stream.
- Relocating feedlots away from streams.
- Stabilizing feeding areas and cattle access areas.
- Constructing roofs over feeding areas.
- Planting vegetation along stream banks.
- Constructing animal waste storage facilities.
- Establishing riparian buffers.
- Stabilizing critically eroding areas.
- Developing alternative livestock watering facilities.
- Implementing rotational grazing systems.
- Constructing poultry litter storage sheds, and composting facilities for waste and for dead chickens.