Livestock that graze on range land drink water directly from streams and other water bodies, as well as from off-stream watering systems such as a watering trough. Managing livestock watering by limiting access through riparian areas and keeping livestock out of streams helps to protect water quality and aquatic ecosystem health.
Government released an intentions paper proposing new regulations that would improve livestock watering practices on range land where there is low-density livestock grazing on Crown land and private range lands. The proposed regulations would allow the diversion of water from a stream or aquifer for livestock watering and also allow for construction of livestock watering works, subject to requirements that will minimize adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems.
Pending government review and approval, the proposed policies would be incorporated into new regulations later this year.
We invited you to share your thoughts about the proposed policies by leaving a comment below or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 16, 2018.