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Keeping cattle out of trout streams

How do you keep cattle out of pristine fish streams? How do you prevent them from tramping down the banks? Working cooperatively with area farmers, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation met both challenges with a simple solution: streambank cattle fencing. Along two sections of a trout stream in Somerset and Huntington Counties - off of US 219 near Meyersdale and at Truck Route 22 near the Village of Water Street - workers fenced both sides of the stream with five strands of high tensile wire and treated posts. The water quality improvement was dramatic. Within 3 years, populations of trout moved into what had been a significantly polluted stream.
--Apr 25, 2003

Tom Yocum, (814) 696-7224 or

Photo shows fencing installed along both sides of stream
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Pennsylvania DOT installed fencing to keep cattle out of trout stream

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