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Watershed Protection

Watershed protection is the onsite treatment of watershed areas for the primary purpose of reducing offsite soil and water related resource problems associated with floodwater, erosion, sediment, and agriculture related pollutants.  It is the element that distinguishes the watershed program from other Federal or federally assisted programs for the conservation and development of water and related resources.  Under this program, land and water conservation practices are designed to protect and restore the watershed hydrology and reduce the rate and amount of runoff and erosion.  Downstream flood peaks are reduced, as is the delivery of sediment and other pollutants carried by floodwater.  

Examples of watershed protection practices:

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picture of livestock exclusion fence

picture of cattle watering trough

 Fencing and water distribution systems for livestock

picture of hog waste lagoon

picture of poultry manure stack house

 Animal waste management systems

picture of contour tillage

picture of terraces on a slope

 Contour farming and terracing

picture of no till cotton

picture of no till peanut crop

 Residue management

aerial view of grassed waterways

picture of a grassed waterway

 Grassed waterways

picture of filter strip

picture of filter strip

 Filter strips

picture of streambank stabilization using rip-rap and willows

picture of streambank revetment

 Streambank stabilization

picture of people with riparian buffer sign

picture of a riparian buffer

 Riparian buffers

picture of a stream crossing

picture of stream crossing

 Stream crossings

picture of rock cross vane structure in a stream

picture of trees planted in riparian area

 Stream habitat improvement and management

picture of an egret in a wetland

picture of a wetland with ducks

 Wetland enhancement, restoration, and creation


For more information contact Assistant State Conservationist - Programs.