Water Systems & Fencing Construction

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Howe 1999: Return stream corridor to pre Jan 1997 condition, and stop aggressive stream bank erosion and associated massive upslope sloughing along a 470 foot section of Howe Creek; both of which are resulting in excessive silt and clay deposits along 12500 feet, and impairment of 4000 feet of potential Coho and Chinook salmon spawning habitat. 2014-2016
  • Wolverton Creek 2001: Improvements to stream habitat on the Mora property on Barber and Wolverton Creeks. Constructed a 12′ foot natural bottom arch culvert, hardened the approaches and installed a limited maintenance water trough at the anadromous wet crossing at the pasture entrance to Humboldt Grassfed’s cattle facilities and storm lot. 2001.
  • HAY Van Duzen 2002 (Wildlife Quality Incentive Program contract #16-01 VDR); reconstructed and stabilized 2800 ft of Wolverton Creek streambanks (anadromous trib to the Van Duzen R) within a pasture with no cover or structure, fenced and planted a greenbelt stream corridor.
  • Howe Creek HR ’01 (FRGP contract # P0010515): Protected deforested and or unstable reaches by placement of stock water, exclusion and control fencing: to facilitate the system to resume natural stabilization function from large woody vegetation. Also, enhance instream habitat with log or stump placement. In addition Stabilize unstable reaches of Howe Creek and it’s tributaries with boulder structures. 2001-2005.
  • Howe Forks Project (FRGP contract # P0010515): Protect deforested and or unstable reaches by placement of stock water, exclusion and control fencing, and upgrading a wet ford to a permanent flatcar bridge. 2002-2004.
  • Sweet Creek 02 (Lower Sweet Riparian Project (FRGP contract # PO110514)): Protect deforested and or unstable reaches by placement of stock water, exclusion and control fencing: to facilitate the system to resume natural stabilization function from large woody vegetation. Implement road storm proofing to remove the potential for significant quantities of fine sediment to enter the stream. 2003-2005.
  • Howe Confluence (FRGP contract # PO210503) Reconstructed the design channel and constructed a deep-pool vortex boulder weir structure and log structure on the right bank of Howe Creek near its confluence with Eel River, and weir wall on the left bank .2004.
  • Victoria Van Duzen project (FRGP contract # P0410548): Van Duzen River instream structures, streambank bioengineering, fence , stock water and riparian planting along 1200′ of Van Duzen River. 2005-2008.
  • Lower Eel Watershed HU 05-Howe (FRGP contract # PO210531): Address riparian and instream conditions as well as upslope erosion i.e. restore salmonid habitats in the Lower Eel Watershed by reducing sediment loading from roads & road-related stream crossings. 30,833 Cu. yards of fine sediment will be prevented from entering salmonid streams through the Stormproofing or removal of 92 prioritized high sediment yield sites on 23.09 miles of road. 2005-2008.
  • HR Price (Sweet Confluence) (CA Dept Fish and Wildlife FRGP contract # P0410536, and USFWS contract 113314J154) : Constructed 42 instream complex habitat structures in Price Creek. 2007-2009.
  • Muddy Creek & Grouse Tree (FRGP contract # PO210531): Constructed 26 instream habitat and streambank protection structures. 2008.
  • HR Howe EJ Dodge Logging Camp (FRGP contract # PO210529): Camp A & B, Crystal A & B, Retrofit Troughs 9-13, Etc. Rehabilitate & protect deforested and or unstable reaches by placement of instream complex wood and boulder structures, placement of bank armor, placement of exclusion and control fencing, livestock water troughs, and planting with native riparian species within the exclusions to facilitate the system to resume natural stabilization function from large woody vegetation. Implement livestock trail hardening to remove the potential for significant quantities of fine sediment to enter the streams. 2007-2009.
  • The 99 (CA Dept Fish and Wildlife FRGP contract # P1010521): Prevented 12k ³yards from entering waters within the Lower Eel River system. Stabilized and protected the upland area the drainage by constructing boulder grade controls, and installing exclusion fencing and water troughs. Redwood was planted and bioengineered willow structures within unstable areas. 2011-2014.
  • Bobcat Run Riparian (CA Dept Fish and Wildlife FRGP contract # P1210510): Stabilize with boulder weirs, storm-proofing & hardening stream crossings and wet areas; exclusion fencing & tree planting. 2011.
  • Lower Eel Roads Sediment Reduction (CA Dept Fish and Wildlife FRGP contract # P1110521): Prevented 10,400 ³yds of fine sediments from entering into Coho streams within the Lower Eel Planning Unit from 37 prioritized riparian road feature points within 17.8 road miles to complete salmonid habitat restoration in 5 Lower Eel prioritized site units. 2012-2015.
  • Lower Eel Riparian Planting (CA Dept Fish and Wildlife FRGP contract # P1110521): Planting of seedlings and Vexar protection; post-planting monitoring and vegetation control, and photo documentation covering 7 owners of anadromous riparian areas in the LEW identified as priorities for restoration. 2013-2105.
  • Miller Riparian Restoration (Oil Creek trib to Eel River) Constructed a watershed wide-livestock water system, and constructed control & exclusion fencing, and planting riparian areas. 2017-present.

Getting Help with Water

Agland provides a full range of water related services from ½ day on-site evaluations to property-wide design plans and construction. Whether you need cost options, new layouts drafted for capital development, or help identifying the causes of existing problems, we tailor our services to meet your situation and budget. Products may include on or off-grid pumping alternatives, source development, simple flow engineering to eliminate dysfunction, and map layouts & maintenance diagrams of system components or entire systems.

Specific fees or project design bids are available upon request. Construction bids or construction services such as feasibility budgeting or drafting contract deliverable metrics are also available upon request.

Water Systems Design and Construction Considerations

The quality of ranch life in addition to marginal returns from livestock depend more on the dependable quality and availability of water than any other potential investment. A ranch can’t have enough water, but the quality of design and construction will determine whether ranching is a pleasure or crisis-nightmare. Bubbling water in a sanitary, well-built system is nirvana to our ears. Your water systems dependability and cost effectiveness is our aim.

The most important functionality aspects of livestock water systems designed to deliver water to troughs, include the ability to provide design flow at pressures well below the capacity of float valves, which are necessary in all charged pressure systems in order to keep diversions and-or pumping costs at a minimum. Also, the ability to withstand frost and earth movement (both earthquakes and mid-slope sloughing), the ability to continue to deliver the designed flows free of oxidation scale resistance, and the ability to withstand the elements, including mechanical damage from both wildlife and livestock, and, storage tank protection from oxidation (if steel), or support from rodent undermining (if plastic) are all important investment considerations. The quality of construction and longevity of materials are also key in determining feasibility in water system development.

Well-designed water source development, including springs, surface capture and wells, along with storage tanks or reservoirs are the foundation of any water system. Storage fundamentally provides the ability to capture flows over 24 hours to supply a demand window of from 8-12 hours (daily hrs. of trough visiting by livestock), or capture source water over a period of weeks to provide supply during a planned grazing period.

Unsanitary water installations threaten future margins and even solvency of ranching. The maintenance cost of poorly constructed water systems quickly becomes so extreme as to be untenable. Sloppy water developments are worse than any other poorly designed or constructed ranch infrastructure because of its essential and immediate need or the livestock. Consequently, systems pre-designed to supply adequate supply to the herd or site, elimination of excessive or inadequate pressures & flow rates to eliminate water hammer, airlocks and blowouts, and use of high quality materials like high density welded polyethylene pipe and 316 stainless steel fittings eliminate plaque & scale buildup and the shortening of effective life are all important considerations.

Getting Help with Fencing

Although agland provides a full range of livestock fencing related services from ½ day on-site evaluations to property-wide design plans and construction. Whether you need cost options, new layouts drafted for capital development, or help identifying the causes of existing predator depredation, we tailor our services to meet your situation and budget.

Products include fencing style design, complete property-wide or cell systems design, map layouts & maintenance diagrams of system components or entire systems, and of course fencing construction or construction management.

Specific fees or project design bids are available upon request. Construction bids or construction services such drafting contracting metrics, and feasibility budgeting of contract deliverable metrics are also available upon request.