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Keeping Water on the Land Longer

    by Angelina Pryich

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. - Drought or not, “Keeping Water on the Land Longer” is the goal of much of the BLM work. Whether it’s reclaiming oil and gas disturbances or managing rangeland, BLM focuses a lot of effort on slowing runoff and the erosion process.


The prosperity of the land is based on the triad of soil, water and vegetation. The longer water remains on and in the land, the greater the potential productivity of that land. Water that slowly infiltrates the soil may be used by plants that, in turn, protect and improve the soil, increasing the ability of the soil to absorb water.

In 2007, BLM continued its efforts to improve the soil and vegetation under its care by keeping as much water on the land as possible. For example, BLM built structures that were designed to protect stream channels from erosion. Stream channel and vegetative conditions were monitored by interdisciplinary teams with assistance from interested members of the public.

Gradient control structure on Red Creek.
Employees of a pipeline company 
and the BLM visit a gradient 
control structure on Red Creek.
 John Henderson and Jim Glennon.
John Henderson and Jim Glennon
 of Rock Springs BLM inventory 
a high mountain stream.
 Gordon Toevs.
Gordon Toevs of the BLM 
measures a stream profile.

Recording fence locations.
Douglas Kile of the BLM records
fence locations using a Global
 Positioning System (GPS) unit.

Last updated: 06-05-2008