Allowing livestock free access to riparian zones inevitably results in the destruction of riparian vegetation. Restoration requires exclusion of livestock from the riparian zone. Every year the KWRC helps farmers install hundreds of meters of various forms of livestock fencing, before planting native trees and shrubs in the riparian zone.
By the end of our 2009 work season the KWRC has erected over 48km of fencing to protect fragile riparian areas from the impacts of continual livestock presence.
- Increased bank and stream channel stability
- Improved water quality
- Improved herd health
- Reduction of ecoli and nutrient flow into streams