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Horse Keeping: A Guide to Land Management for Clean Water

Horse Keeping: A Guide to Land Management for Clean Water

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Horse Keeping:
A Guide to Land Managementfor Clean Water
Prepared by the Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districtsin partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
For more information about ordering this publication, contact:
San Francisco Bay Resource Conservation & Development Council, (formerly known as theCouncil of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts)1301 Redwood Way, Suite 215
Petaluma CA 94954
The Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs):
RCDs participating in this projectinclude Alameda County RCD, Contra Costa RCD, Marin County RCD, San Mateo County RCD, andSouthern Sonoma County RCD. See Resources Direction, section 5.1 for contact information.Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation District members include: Alameda Co. RCD, Contra CostaRCD, Guadalupe-Coyote RCD, Loma Prieta RCD, Marin Co. RCD, Napa Co. RCD, San Mateo Co. RCD,Southern Sonoma Co. RCD and Suisun RCD.Short excerpts may be reproduced with appropriate attribution to the
San Francisco Bay ResourceConservation & Development Council
.Copyright © 2001 by the San Francisco Bay Resource Conservation & Development Council, formerlyknown as the Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts
Please cite this manual as:
 Horse Keeping: A Guide to Land Management for Clean Water.
2001.Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts, Petaluma, California.
We used information from the following sources with permission:
 Creek Care: A Guide for Urban Marin Residents. Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program.
Groundwork: A Handbook for Erosion Control in North Coastal California.
1987. Marin County ResourceConservation District. Illustrations used.
 A*Syst: An Environmental Risk Assessment for the Home (NRAES-87),
published by NRAES, the NaturalResource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca NY 14853-5701. (607) 255-7654. <www.nraes.org>
 Repairing Streambank Erosion
. 1997. Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program brochure.
Stream Care Guide
. 1989. County of Santa Cruz.Marin Coastal Watershed Enhancement Project. 1995. UC Cooperative Extension, Marin County. Fact Sheetsadapted for use in this guide:
Water Quality Variables and Water Testing for Rural Landowners
Vegetation Monitoring
Fight Nature with Nature: Environmentally Friendly Insect Control for Horse Farms
. 1999
AlayneBlickle, Horses for Clean Water.
This project was developed as part of the Equine Facilities Assistance Program, which was funded in part by:
 United States Environmental Protection Agency Assistance Agreement No. C9-999414-96-1 to the State WaterResources Control Board and by Contract No. 7-028-252-0 in the amount of $255,000. The contents of thisdocument do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the StateWater Resources Control Board.Alameda County Department of Public WorksAlameda County Resource Conservation DistrictCalifornia State Coastal Conservancy, Bay Area Conservancy ProgramMarin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention ProgramTo simplify information, trade names of products have been used. No endorsement of named or illustrated products isintended. Every attempt has been made to assure that the information contained in this publication is accurate. The SanFrancisco Bay Resource Conservation & Development Council, formerly known as the Council of Bay Area ResourceConservation Districts assumes no responsibility and disclaims any liability for any injury or damage resulting from theuse or effect of any product or information specified in this publication.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means forcommunication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building,14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA isan equal opportunity provider and employer.Cover Photo: Oldenberg colts at Hawkwood Hill Farms, Sonoma County
that stoked the fires of progress in time of peace and war throughout the centuries. When the need was greatest in thebuilding of a new nation, or to carry supplies in time of war, the horse and muleresponded to the call.The horse has served as the early day equivalent of a tractor. They were our firstexample of rapid transportation and a true dependable friend. When all elsefailed they would be the food that served the top, or the bottom of the foodchain.The surge in population during the last century, with its need for increasedquantities of water, along with the diminished status of the horse, has created asituation where the needs of our horse industry has become secondary and wehave ended up with little political power.
So, understanding that the demographics have changed 
is tantamount to effectingchange. Water was once a surplus commodity, is now in great demand and is thesubject of lawsuits up to and including the Federal Government. Everyone wants“their share” of a safe, guaranteed-supply commodity.The water we drink and the fish we eat require clean water, so cleaning up andmaintaining available supplies of water is a job for all humanity.The Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) has preparedthis manual as a road-map to help us be a
volunteer part of the solution
rather thena part of the problem
. Many times we see “edicts” handed down where industryhas little or no input. In this undertaking the RCD is saying, “Here are graphicexamples of typical problems and we would like to work with you to solveyours.”The time to look at your operation is now. The window of opportunity is openFor us to manage our properties in a way to minimize or eliminate pollution. If we wait to see what happens, laws
be enacted that require us to makechanges that may seem unfair and questionable.
Ken Brown
California State Horsemen’s Association

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