Idaho farmers working to reduce water pollution

A project completed in 2017 by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) using Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act included reducing the amount of livestock-induced streambank erosion by shaping streambanks, planting willows, planting sedge mats, excluding livestock from riparian areas receiving heavy use, and installing off-stream watering facilities. This photo was taken prior to fencing and restoration. 

A group of ranchers and the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) have intervened in an Idaho water rights lawsuit by the federal government over statutes passed regarding stock water rights.

Chief Judge David C. Nye for the U.S. District Court of Idaho granted the motion to intervene for Joyce Livestock Co., L.U. Ranching Co., Pickett Ranch and Sheep Co. and the IFBF on Sept. 2. Nye said the court finds that the ranchers “have significant protectable interests that are not adequately represented by the existing parties or the Legislature.”

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