Keeping the River Clean
Managing range land for both cows and healthy streams
Riparian areas occur along streams and wetlands where moist soils and shallow water tables allow water-loving plant communities to establish. These 'green zones' are vital ecosystems in the prairie and foothills that provide habitat for wildlife, stabilize stream banks, and protect water quality. Cattle grazing in riparian areas must be managed carefully so that these delicate landscapes are not degraded.
Down the drain: how bad stuff can get into the river
There is a widespread myth that water that goes down storm drains flows to water treatment plants. This is not true. Storm drains are only meant for rainwater and snowmelt. Many street drains flow through pipes straight to the river.