Brush Run Agricultural Project
WCD’s Rob Cronauer inspects stream crossing, fencing and plantings at the Hutter Farm
Happy cows – really, they are!
In late 2012, JCWA completed the installation of numerous agricultural BMPs at three family farms along Brush Run stream. The Hutter, Zelmore and Kitz Farms were the recipients of these BMPs that manage storm water and keep their cows healthier! Stream fencing (8,923 feet total) and new stabilized crossing areas (6 total) keeps the cows out of the water (and keeps them from mucking up the bottom and depositing their waste in the stream), while new spring developments (5 total) provide cows fresh spring water instead of muddy creek water. In additional, we restored over 2,200 feet of eroded stream banks, planted 8.5 acres of riparian plantings, stabilized 4,000 feet of access roads and installed gutters and drainage around farm buildings – and we even fenced off 2 acres of wetlands! These measures will decrease nutrient and sediment runoff into Brush Run, all while keeping the cows happier and healthier!