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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Water Source vs Water Body

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Environmental Farm Planning FAQ #8 – Water Source vs. Water Body?

I am working on my Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and I have to list all my water sources and all my water bodies.  What’s the difference?


A water source, is any water you use as part of your farm / ranch business.  Each well you have, is a water source. Your dugouts, are water sources.  Any springs, wetlands, creeks or rivers that your livestock drink from, are water sources.

A water body is any naturally occurring water on your farm or ranch. Wetlands, creeks, rivers, lakes are water bodies. A water body is a water body, whether or not there’s water there permanently or temporarily.  Also, a water body is a water body, whether or not livestock drink from it. 

This means that the creek or wetland your cows drink from, will be both a water source and a water body.

When you are doing up your inventory of water sources and water bodies, you don’t always have to list every single one separately (except water wells).  You can lump together, water sources or water bodies that have similar natural characteristics, and similar management.

Please remember that your EFP Technician (Aimee Delaney and Ken Lewis in Red Deer County) can help you with figuring this out, along with any other help you might need with preparing your EFP.

Workshop Details: Red Deer County Farmers and Ranchers are invited to join us for FREE Online Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Workshops.
This is a chance to start, complete or update your EFP.
Date: Second Thursday of each Month
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: Red Deer County – Council Chambers
Cost: FREE – Lunch Included
Note: Please bring a laptop as this is an Online EFP Workshop (via internet).
For More Information and to Register: Contact Agriculture Services at 403.342.8654 or
Registration Deadline: First Thursday of each Month
For more information on Environmental Farm Planning, visit 

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