Snow fencing for water supplies

TitleSnow fencing for water supplies
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1990
AuthorsJairell, R. L., and Schmidt R. A.
Conference Name58th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 58th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1990
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSacramento, California
KeywordsSnow fence, Water supply

Drought conditions during 1988-89 in southeastern Wyoming created opportunities to test several snow fence designs that capture snow as a water source for livestock, wildlife, and fisheries. Snow fence-embankment combinations that were most efficient in small-scale tests proved to be good choices to provide livestock water at several locations where deep wells went dry. Removal of upwind brush and installation of a metal apron in the accumulation area improved efficiency of a snow fence that supplied a guzzler for wildlife. Another snow fence accumulated enough additional water to prevent winter kill in a fishery.