Water Quality: Range and Pasture Land

Authored by: Thomas L. Thurow

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Major water impairment concerns associated with grazing can be broken down into physical (suspended sediment), chemical (nutrients, dissolved oxygen), and biological (pathogens) aspects of water quality. Design of a grazing system that will protect water quality must consider the interaction between livestock, vegetation, soil, and water. Grazing effects on each of these attributes are discussed in this entry.

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