Harvesting snow when water levels are low

TitleHarvesting snow when water levels are low
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1992
AuthorsJairell, R. L., and Schmidt R. A.
Conference Name60th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 60th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1992
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationJackson Hole, Wyoming
KeywordsFence-pit-berm, High plains, Livestock water supply, Water source

Designing a snow fence-pit-berm water source for livestock of wildlife on the High Plains begins by estimating available snow transport, from average winter snowfall and fetch distance along the drifting wind direction. Pit excavation must match this volume of water. The pit will then trap one-half the snow transport. A snow fence height is chosen to provide storage for the one-half of snow transport not stored in the pit. The snow fence, pit, and berm are extended across the wind to match the water requirements (number of animals, number of days of use). Cost is less than most wells with pumping systems.