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Watering Facility

Practice Code: 614
Reporting Unit: Number (No.)

A watering facility is a permanent or portable device to provide an adequate amount and quality of drinking water for livestock and or wildlife.

Its proper location will improve animal distribution and vegetation. A watering facility is sometimes installed to keep livestock out of streams and other surface water areas where water quality is a concern.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves water quantity and quality by providing a clean, reliable, easily accessible water supply for animals away from water bodies
  • Improves heard production and health

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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

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Related Conservation Practices

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

Fence (382)
Groundwater Testing (355)
Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
Livestock Pipeline (516)
Pond (378)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Spring Development (574)
Stream Crossing (578)
Trails and Walkways (575)
Water Well (642)

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


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