Cariboo – Livestock Surface Water Pilot & Demonstration [cb14]
|Status||in progress: May 2019 to May 2020|
|Project Lead||Cariboo Cattlemen's Assocation|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
|Other Partners||BC Forage Council, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC FLNRORD Range Practices and Ecology Branch, district range agrologists, BC FLNRORD Cariboo Chilcotin District Range Staff|
This project will coordinate the installation of water developments at three pilot sites and conduct baseline evaluations and rangeland health assessments to facilitate the monitoring and sharing of pilot outcomes.
Shifts in climate conditions and hydrology are likely to significantly impact surface water sources in some areas of the Cariboo, which will in turn impact the availability of water for livestock. The three pilot projects will focus on sustainable management of water and forage resources to enhance the resilience of grazing systems in a changing climate.
The pilot projects were identified through an earlier CAI project and will demonstrate the use of the Assessment & Options tool at different scales and to respond to different risks. The pilots are intended to install water developments that account for projected increases in future evaporation rates, improve water quality and allow for continued use of historic grazing areas.
The project will:
- facilitate installation of water developments and/or adjustments to forage, water management and grazing planning on three pilot sites
- refine research objectives on each site and complete baseline assessments
- continue to build relationships with project partners