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Grassed Waterway

A farm field with a system of grassed waterways which safely conduct water down the slope of the land without eroding the soilPractice Code: 412

A grassed waterway is a shaped or graded channel that is established with suitable vegetation to convey surface water at a non-erosive velocity using a broad and shallow cross section to a stable outlet.

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Conservation Practice Documents

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Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard

Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)Conservation planners shall reference NRCS New York Field Office Technical Guide for additional documents, tools, references, and procedures required with this practice.


Related Conservation Practices

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

Critical Area Planting
Lined Waterway or Outlet
Subsurface Drain
Underground Outlet

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.   

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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