1. Keep soil and nutrients on site.
2. Keep manure, fertilizer, animals out of streams and irrigation canals and ditches
3. Provide an alternate drinking water source.
4. Pile manure away from canals and ditches.
5. Fence livestock out of canals and ditches.
6. Pipe ditches through pastures.
7. Apply fertilizer based on crop needs, soil tests, irrigation schedule and weather.
Excess bacteria and nitrates in water can harm people and contaminate drinking water. Keeping water clean is an Oregon Law (ORS 468B.025).
It states that no person shall:
A. Pollute any water including wells, ditches and streams.
B. Place wastes such as sediments (dirt, weeds, etc.) or manure where they are likely to enter water.
C. Violate water quality standards.
Damages to Facilities:
It is the duty of every landowner to use due care to avoid damages to District canals or other facilities. There are some ditches that landowner’s livestock have repeatedly caused substantial damages to the District's irrigation ditch. The District's legal Counsel advises that this amounts to a trespass for which the landowner is liable to the District for damages. The landowner will be charged for all damage repairs. See Rules and Regulations Handbook # 27- Damages to Facilities.