Pictured is an area where livestock have been crossing a creek in Gratiot County. The pasture is located on both sides of the creek and the landowner, Kerry Falor, needed the animals to be able to cross the creek to access the pasture. Even with heavy vegetation, the animals eroded the banks and were causing sedimentation in the water shown by the murky water. Through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as part of a prescribed grazing system, a livestock crossing was installed. Also, in the picture you can see fencing, which is part of the grazing system. This excludes and limits the livestock’s access to other areas of the stream. Once the area is properly prepared, geotextile fabric is anchored down and rock and gravel are placed on top of the fabric. This will provide a stable and safe crossing for the animals.
This picture shows the completed crossing from the opposite side of the stream as the other images. You can see the gravel crossing with the fence installed to limit access to just this area. You can also see the areas that were disturbed during construction, were seeded and covered with an erosion control blanket. This practice limits the access the cattle have to the stream and reduces erosion. You can now see the water is no longer murky. Bruce Waldron is the contractor that completed the work on the project.