Water quality risk assessment for grazing areas
The purpose of this publication is to help livestock managers and landowners assess risk of water quality pollution in streams associated with grazing areas and design grazing management changes to improve riparian health. This publication is not an enforcement tool. It is not intended to ensure compliance with water quality regulations but to reduce noncompliance risk through reducing pollution risk. Use this publication to learn about riparian conditions and grazing practices that increase or decrease risk of water quality impairment and that increase the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of livestock operations. This is not a comprehensive self-diagnosis and treatment manual but an assessment. Depending on the risks identified, you may wish to discuss management options with a natural resources professional (for example, Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, conservation district). Remember that land manager commitment and attention to riparian function is more important for success than the adoption of any particular management practice.