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        Ag BMPs in Impaired Watersheds – Phase II

        Growing Greener Project #4100070417

        Sponsor: Huntingdon County Conservation District

         

        Project Description:  Warrior’s Mark Run is an impaired stream in Huntingdon County due to grazing related agriculture.  It is also classified as a High-Quality Cold Water Fishery.  For this project, two farms were identified where cattle had unrestricted access to Warrior’s Mark Run and where the streambanks were eroding.  This project fits within the larger goal of restoring this stream.

        Goals:  to reduce nutrient and nutrient inputs into Warrior’s Mark Run by eliminating unrestricted cattle access to the stream on two farms and to improve streambanks on one farm by building restoration structures.

        Results:  5423 feet of streambank fence was installed in two pastures, 5 stabilized crossings were installed to provide water access for cattle, and streambank restoration structures were installed (2 log cross vanes, 1 rock cross vane, 286 feet of toe wood, and 978 feet of mudsill).

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        Costs:  $54,635 in Growing Greener funds, with an additional $56,743.96 in documented in-kind from project sponsor and partners.

        Lessons Learned: Large pastures need an increased number of cattle access areas to provide adequate water for the cattle

        Partners: The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Foundation for California University of PA