In one of my earlier posts I had talked about SMRID’s efforts in the management of responsible water stewardship and this is an initiative that is close to our hearts. We are at the fore front in promoting water quality through a fencing program that we hope to replicate in other areas.
Cattle gaining access to our reservoirs has been what I would call a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s great that cattle are not thirsty but on the other hand, the water gets polluted with waste matter not to mention the shoreline erosion that takes place.
Did you know that a dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as a city with around 411,000 residents! It’s no wonder that we are trying to keep cattle away from our waters.
So for the first phase of the fencing program, we targeted areas around the Malloy Drain, Stafford and Sauder Reservoirs. So far 12 km of fencing has been completed and an off stream watering unit from CAP Solar has been installed on the south side of the Malloy Drain.
As a District we are soldiering on with our quest in water quality mitigation and establishing a program to improve riparian areas.
Check out the photos below.
Fencing at Sauder (irrigation outlet in background)
Fencing on the North side of Malloy
Fencing at Sauder, opposite Golden Sheaf Park (wooded area in the background)