Whatever goes into the creek on Walter Goggin Jr.’s farm goes into Herrington Lake, the drinking water source for Danville and the surrounding area.
Now, that water is cleaner.
Together, Goggin and the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Mary Ann Sharp have worked on his cattle and hay farm, so it is more profitable and environmentally friendly.
Participating in a cost-share program with the NRCS, Goggin scraped mud from the bottom of his two ponds and fenced the water off. This will extend the life of the ponds by as much as 15 years.
Goggin used to have two sources of water for his 10 fields. Cows had to walk a distance, sometimes to the next pasture to find water, so they would wait until the last minute to lumber over for a drink. The cows weren't well hydrated and often ignored lush pastures further away; instead they would eat the hay near the ponds down to the dirt.