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Catching Rain for the Cows

The Hughes Family Dairy has been providing certified organic milk to our Creamery since around 2005.  The Hughes want to leave the land in better shape for the next generation. In 2016, one of largest construction projects for Gold Ridge’s RCD was the Salmon Creek Dairy Water Conservation Project on the Westview Jersey’s Organic Dairy operated by Richard and Marilyn Hughes in the Salmon Creek Watershed. Dairies are currently both significant water users, forced to draw from sources influencing riparian flows, and integral contributors to the agriculture-based economy of their surrounding communities.

This water conservation project will transition the dairy’s summertime water source from a shallow creekside well to a rainwater roof-catchment pond.

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