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Stream Crossing

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Practice Code: 578
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A stream crossing is a stabilized area or structure constructed across a stream to provide a travel-way for people, livestock, equipment, or vehicles.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improve waters quality by reducing sediment, nutrient, organic, and inorganic loading of the stream
  • Reduces streambank erosion
  • Protects streambeds
  • Provides a safe, stable passage for livestock or equipment

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Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Access Control (472)
Access Road (560)
Fence (382)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Trails and Walkways (575)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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