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Drought Resource Concerns and Practices

Drought Related Resource Concerns

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Resource Concern Conservation Practices to Address Resource Concerns (not a complete list, others may apply)
SOIL EROSION - Sheet, rill, & wind erosion
  • Detachment and transportation of soil particles caused by rainfall runoff/splash, irrigation runoff, or wind that degrades soil quality.

Sheet, rill and wind erosion fact sheet (PDF; 129 KB)

SOIL EROSION
SOIL EROSION - Concentrated flow erosion
  • Untreated classic gullies may enlarge progressively by head cutting and/or lateral widening.  Ephemeral gullies occur in the same flow area and are obscured by tillage.  This includes concentrated flow erosion caused by runoff from rainfall, snowmelt, or irrigation water.

Concentrated flow erosion fact sheet (PDF; 129 KB)

SOIL QUALITY DEGRADATION – Subsidence

  • Loss of volume and depth of organic soils due to oxidation caused by above normal microbial activity resulting from excessive water drainage, soil disturbance, or extended drought.

Subsidence fact sheet (PDF; 128 KB)

SOIL QUALITY DEGRADATION

SOIL QUALITY DEGRADATION – Compaction

  • Management induced soil compaction resulting in decreased rooting depth that reduces plant growth, animal habitat, and soil biological activity.

Compaction fact sheet (PDF; 129 KB)

SOIL QUALITY DEGRADATION – Organic matter depletion

  • Soil organic matter is not adequate to provide a suitable medium for plant growth, animal habitat, and soil biological activity.

Organic matter depletion fact sheet (PDF; 150 KB)

INSUFFICIENT WATER – Inefficient moisture management

  • Natural precipitation is not optimally managed to support desired land use goals or ecological processes.

Inefficient moisture management fact sheet (PDF; 144 KB)

INSUFFICIENT WATER

INSUFFICIENT WATER – Inefficient use of irrigation water

  • Irrigation water is not stored, delivered, scheduled, and/or applied efficiently.

  • Aquifer or surface water withdrawals threaten sustained availability of ground or surface water.

  • Available irrigation water supplies have been reduced due to aquifer depletion, competition, regulation, and/or drought.

Inefficient use of irrigation water fact sheet (PDF; 145 KB)

WATER QUALITY DEGRADATION – Excessive sediment in surface waters
  • Off-site transport of sediment from sheet, rill, gully, and wind erosion into surface water that threatens to degrade surface water quality and limit use for intended purposes.

Excessive sediment in surface waters fact sheet (PDF; 146 KB)

WATER QUALITY DEGRADATION
DEGRADED PLANT CONDITION – Undesirable plant productivity and health
  • Plant productivity, vigor, and/or quality do not negatively impact other resources or meet yield potential due to improper fertility, management, or plants not adapted to site.
  • As an example this concern addresses pollinators, beneficial insects, wind erosion, and excess soil deposition that influence plant condition.

Undesirable plant productivity and health fact sheet (PDF; 143 KB)

DEGRADED PLANT CONDITION
DEGRADED PLANT CONDITION – Inadequate structure and composition
  • Plant communities have insufficient composition and structure to achieve ecological functions and management objectives.
  • As an example, this concern addresses loss or degradation of wetland habitat, targeted ecosystems, or unique plant communities.

Inadequate structure and composition fact sheet (PDF; 143 KB)

DEGRADED PLANT CONDITION – Excessive plant pest pressure
  • Excessive pest damage to plants including that from undesired plants, diseases, animals, soil borne pathogens, and nematodes.
  • As an example, this concern addresses invasive plant, animal, and insect species.

Excessive plant pest pressure fact sheet (PDF; 143 KB)

DEGRADED PLANT CONDITION – Wildfire hazard, excessive biomass accumulation
  • The kinds and amounts of fuel loadings (plant biomass) create wildfire hazards that pose risks to human safety, structures, plants, animals, and air resources.

Wildfire hazard, excessive biomass accumulation fact sheet (PDF; 185 KB)

INADEQUATE HABITAT FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE – Habitat degradation
  • Quantity, quality, or connectivity of food, cover, space, shelter, and/or water is inadequate to meet requirements of identified fish, wildlife, and invertebrate species.

Habitat degradation fact sheet (PDF; 140 KB)

INADEQUATE HABITAT FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION LIMITATION – Inadequate feed and forage
  • Feed and forage quality or quantity is inadequate for nutritional needs and production goals of the kinds and classes of livestock.

Inadequate feed and forage fact sheet (PDF; 119 KB)

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION LIMITATION
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION LIMITATION – Inadequate livestock shelter
  • Livestock lack adequate shelter from climatic conditions to maintain health or production goals.

Inadequate livestock shelter fact sheet (PDF; 118 KB)

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION LIMITATION – Inadequate livestock water
  • Quantity, quality, and/or distribution of drinking water are insufficient to maintain health or production goals for the kinds and classes of livestock.

Inadequate livestock water fact sheet (PDF; 119 KB)