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Supporting producers in protecting riparian areas - Beneficial Management Practices

By Alanna Jonson, AAg, Agriculture Programs Specialist, Prince Albert

June 2019

Riparian areas are an important part of aquatic ecosystems. These areas, or transition zones, provide bank stability protecting water quality and biodiversity. The Riparian Grazing Management Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) protects water quality through properly managed timing, intensity, and duration of livestock grazing along riparian areas. This BMP protects against damage that can happen when livestock gather around these areas causing unintentional degradation to our water sources. The Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) provides funding to help manage these areas and promote the health of our water sources.

For the suite of BMPs under the Farm Stewardship Program, we’ve partnered up with regional watershed groups to help administer this program. Watershed technicians provide hands on application support to producers. This improves the application process, providing an on-farm contact to help with the pre-approval process.

To find out more about CAP programs, contact your local Agriculture Programs Specialist or your nearest 

Watershed Technician.

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