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Pennahatchee Creek Watershed Non-Point Source Pollution Reduction

In its regional work program, the RVRV has as a work activity: Identify and assess non-point stressors in watersheds with the objective to monitor and provide data and Best Management Practice strategies to local governments that will reduce sources of pollution. To address this activity, a plan was developed to reduce the amount of fecal coliform in Pennahatchee Creek from non-point sources, predominantly feral hogs and other livestock. River Valley RC staff implemented a targeted monitoring approach in the watershed from December 2010 through September 2011. The high number of feral hogs in the target area led to the determination that they are the primary cause of this pollution. Therefore, a BMP that was developed is aimed at controlling the hog population, including organized hunts and trapping. Controlling the feral hog population will have other benefits: less damage to the forests; less consumption of natural food sources; lessening damage to row crops, saving local farmers money. Through this project, the River Valley RC and its partners will implement at least 18 BMPs to address livestock point sources including, but not limited to, alternative water sources, fencing, composting, waste facility covers, landscape buffers, and other options.

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