When agricultural lands are managed with a healthy watershed in mind, water quality is maintained and soil retention is increased. This can also lead to increased crop production and improved livestock health. Extending fields and pasture too close to riparian zones of creeks, streams, and lakes increases the risk of fertilizers, manure and pesticides contaminating water through runoff.
Oil and gas extraction, and the refinement processes used for these resources require water at all stages. Moving goods, energy and people requires roads, highways, electricity transmission corridors, pipelines and railways. These linear disturbances fragment and degrade habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Forestry Management in this watershed is more tightly controlled within the boundaries of Forest Management Units (FMUs) by Forest Management Plans developed by all forestry companies.