ASABE EP464 DEC2006, Grassed Waterway
for Runoff Control.
Conservation practices on their farm include cross-slope farming, diversions, grassed waterway
, roof runoff control and silo leachate control.
Surface runoff is intercepted and transported at non-erodible velocities to underground outlets or grassed waterways
Most terraces are drained by grassed waterways
designed to convey excess water to stream channels without erosion.
CREP targets for retirement on 10- to 15-year leases any cropland or marginal pasture within 180 feet of a stream; highly erodible cropland, including hayfields; and croplands where contour buffer strips, grassed waterways
and wetlands are established," said Mike Pruss, Game Commission Private Lands Biologist.
Kerchkof has worked as an engineering intern for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) restoring wetlands and designing grassed waterways
In adherence with an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan as well as conservation and nutrient management plans, the Brubakers have implemented practices including: streambank fencing, grassed waterways
, barnyard roof runoff management, a manure storage facility, a filtration and sedimentation basin, stripcropping and contour farming, and dead bird composting.
Another part of her job is to help develop standards used by government agencies and private industry to design and maintain systems such as ponds, grassed waterways
The current design procedures for grassed waterways
have their roots in the erosion programs of the early 1930s.
Most common practices are, in order, residue management, crop rotations, grassed waterways
, contour farming and terraces.
Animal waste storage facilities, stream protection, filter strips and grassed waterways
are among some 27 BMPs eligible for cost-share funding through the program.
He is an active participant in the Conservation Stewardship Program, utilizing CRP grassed waterways
and buffer strips, and he invests heavily in field tiling and other land improvements as needed each year.