New livestock grazing rules |

New livestock grazing rules

Pat McCartney

In its proposed new rules for livestock grazing, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is seeking to minimize the impact from cattle, horses and other livestock on Tahoe Basin meadows and streams.

Many of the rules, such as the preparation of an annual grazing plan, apply only to commercial grazing operators.

Other rules spell out for the first time what is required to keep domestic livestock. Owners of domestic livestock who have a corral shall submit a plan outlining how they will implement Best Management Practices by Oct. 15, 2000.

Best Management Practices relating to livestock corrals:

— No corral or pen shall be within 100 feet of a stream environment zone.

— Corrals shall not be located in areas subject to overland water runoff.

— Corrals must be located on flat or gently sloping sites.

— Corrals cannot be located on sites where the water table is less than 4 feet deep.

— Runoff from corrals or manure piles must not be allowed to flow into stream zones.

— Stockpiling of manure is prohibited within 100 feet of a stream zone.

— Corrals should be built to allow infiltration of water from five-year storm.

— Manure shall be disposed so that it does not affect water quality.

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