Ernie Major and John McCown are two of our local farmers that installed grassed waterways to reduce erosion and improve water quality on their cropland. This practice is used to address ephemeral erosion, which is rills that form from intensive rain events on cropland where there is little residue and enough slope that will cause areas of concentrated flows. The result will cause erosion there by depositing sediment in near by streams along with nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium that are tied to the sediment deposits being deposited into the streams. Producers today just as those in the past cannot afford to lose the valuable topsoil that is so important in producing their crops. If the ephemeral erosion is not addressed, it will lead to gullies that only get larger as time goes by making them impossible to cross with farm equipment and massive erosion. Grassed waterways are constructed graded channels that are seeded to grass or other suitable vegetation. The vegetation slows the water and the grassed waterway conveys the water to a stable outlet at a non-erosive velocity. Grass or permanent vegetation established in waterways protects the soil from concentrated flows. This conservation practice is used often on cropland in conjunction with other conservation practices such as terraces, diversions and one of the most important no-till planting.