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Conservation Practices
Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide


Stream Crossing

Livestock prefer the stable footing of a gravel stream crossing. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.
Livestock prefer the stable footing of a gravel stream crossing. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.

Stream crossings are stabilized fords, culverts or bridges that allow livestock, people, equipment or vehicles to cross a stream in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Stream crossings help prevent streambank erosion, water pollution, aquatic habitat degradation and damage to stream beds and channels.

Similar & related practices

Stream crossings often involve fencing.

Stream crossings are often used with rotational grazing, livestock watering systems, livestock exclusion, streambank protection, stream habitat improvement and streamside buffers including grass filter strips and forested riparian buffers.

More information

Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Contact

See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District