BAE Departmental Seminar
Wildlife‐friendly Livestock Ponds
Katie Bergmann, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Livermore, CA
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been helping agricultural producers design and install ponds for livestock, aquaculture, sediment capture, and other water storage uses for decades. In the process, NRCS has developed a suite of engineering
tools for the design of ponds and larger embankments. In a local twist, we use this expertise to improve and maintain ponds for wildlife habitat as well as livestock water. NRCS and partnering Resource Conservation Districts have introduced the Wildlife‐Friendly Livestock Pond Initiative in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The purpose of the Pond Initiative is to target financial and technical assistance for the support of aquatic and upland habitats for California Red‐legged frog (Rana draytonii) and California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma
californiense). We are involved in planning, design and implementation of each project, requiring close collaboration between the engineer, biologists/ecologists, range specialists, planners, ranchers and land managers. Additional information is at: acrcd.org and
Katie Bergmann has been with the NRCS Livermore field office for 10 years and worked on pond projects with a small interdisciplinary team for almost as long. Beyond ponds, her projects have ranged from small stockwater systems to large stream projects. She also worked for several
years for a private environmental engineering firm. She is licensed as a civil engineer.
Refreshments will be served.
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