Applegate Livestock Water Upland Improvement
In 2010, the Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District developed several springs on the Applegate ranch. The water collected from these springs was piped to a large pond that is used by a wide variety of wildlife including Western Pond Turtles, beavers, and numerous species of waterfowl. The additional water from the springs would increase water levels in the pond during the summer, and benefit all the users. A water trough was placed in the line below the uppermost spring to supply livestock.
In 2014, the Watershed Council got a grant to install two more livestock watering troughs that would be supplied from the upper spring development. These troughs would allow for much more rotational grazing, and they would eliminate the need for the two water gaps that allowed the livestock into Elk Creek for water.