Fencing livestock out of streams reduces non-point source pollution by minimizing bank erosion and eliminating direct deposition of the bacteria associated with livestock waste. Benefits can include weight gain and fewer outbreaks of disease among cattle, greater forage production, and better pasture management and pasture quality. Additionally, keeping livestock out of local waters is critical to reducing bacteria levels and excess nitrogen that pollute many rivers and streams.

Eligible Components

  • Exclusion and cross fence(s)
  • Watering troughs and pipeline
  • Well and pump components
  • Stream crossing
  • Connection to existing water supply

Cost Share and/or Tax Credit Rates

  • 55%-100% Cost-Share depending on practice
  • 5–15-year lifespans available
  • $80/acre/year upfront buffer payment on wide buffer width
  • practices
  • Tax Credit: 25% of eligible out-of-pocket expenses, after Cost-Share payment

Contact the District Office to learn more!