Project provides alternate water source

Robert and JoAnn Good turned a difficult situation into an opportunity that will positively impact the grassland for years to come. They developed an existing well to pump water into storage tanks, which enabled a dependable water supply to be delivered to a tire tank
Robert and JoAnn Good turned a difficult situation into an opportunity that will positively impact the grassland for years to come. They developed an existing well to pump water into storage tanks, which enabled a dependable water supply to be delivered to a tire tank
Rangeland Award winners Robert and JoAnn Good, who live south of Marion, knew along with many other landowners that they were faced with a shortage of dependable water during the past few drought years on the 640 acres of native grass they lease for cattle grazing east of town.

Robert said they were allowing anywhere from 150 to 180 head of cattle on the land according to moisture being received.

They didn?t want to overgraze their land, and wanted to leave ?a healthy prairie for the next generation,? he said.

When alternatives were discussed with Marion County Conser?va?tion District specialists, it was noted that grazing distribution was also a concern.

That led to the Goods turning a difficult situation, into an opportunity that will positively impact the grassland for years to come.

They developed an existing well to pump water into storage tanks, which enabled a dependable water supply to be delivered to a tire tank.

MCCD said this enabled the Goods to cross-fence for rotational grazing to be implemented with dependable water supply.

The water development also provided an alternative livestock water source to a spring-fed stream that flowed through the property.

Robert said this led to a better distribution of cattle with rest for the grass and a better distribution of desirable native plants.