Oct. 22, 23: Workshops on livestock impacts on water quality

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Washington State University will host two workshops for landowners, cattlemen, natural resource professionals and others interested in how cattle grazing may affect water quality.

“This is a great workshop for anyone interested in water quality and watersheds in rangeland or grazing areas,” said WSU Extension professor Tipton Hudson.

Register by phone at 509-962-7507 or by email at amorse@wsu.edu.

The first workshop, aimed at landowners and cattlemen, will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Community Hall, 218 E. Main, in Fairfield, Wash. The second workshop, geared more toward natural resource professionals, will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, Armory Building, 901 E. 7th Ave., in Ellensburg, Wash.

Experts from the University of California-Davis, Oregon State University and WSU will speak about how grazing practices and land conditions affect water quality directly and by long‐term changes in vegetation conditions near streams.

Participants will learn to identify and fix legally defined water quality problems on grazing lands to prevent future pollution and increase economic sustainability of livestock production.

The workshops are supported by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.


Tip Hudson, WSU Extension professor, 509‐962‐7507, hudsont@wsu.edu