Cariboo – Livestock Surface Water Assessment & Options [cb06]
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund|
Extensive rangelands are an important part of the livestock production system in the Cariboo. Having adequate water for both livestock and wildlife is critical for the sustainable use and management of these lands. Climate change projections show dry periods in summer increasing and intensifying, threatening surface water sources for livestock and wildlife in an area that is already at risk during extended dry periods. Water shortages reduce access to rangeland, and could lead to overgrazing in some areas and reduced productivity overall.
The focus of this project is to maintain and enhance range productivity through alternative livestock water development. The project will identify and map areas experiencing reduced surface water availability, and those that may become vulnerable with climate change, through local consultations, using existing databases and water license records and site visits. The project will help provide a basis for identifying priority areas for livestock water development, identifying water-licensing constraints in critical areas, and for determining options for livestock water development. The project will recommend suitable water development options for the Cariboo in order to encourage strategic investment in development of water sources. A second phase of project activity may be undertaken to pilot and evaluate the costs and benefits of water development projects in the Cariboo.