By Kayla Walker
Ranchers Stewardship Alliance 

Three Small Tanks with a Large Impact

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Helps Fund Accessibility to Water During Drought


November 30, 2022

Along 12 miles of pipeline on Dusty Emond's ranch, he has tried a variety of tanks including 2,000-gallon rectangular fiberglass tanks, half round fiberglass tanks, 12-foot round tanks, tire tanks, and the new RSA-funded portable tanks. Courtesy Photo.

If there is a water line to add, a tank to set, or a unique water set up to try, it's likely Dusty Emond has done it on his ranch south of Malta, Montana. Of the nearly 12 miles of pipeline on his place, six new miles were added just last fall following the harsh drought of 2021 to send water to an additional 7,500 acres that could not be utilized by cattle last summer due to a lack of water. However, along that pipeline there are yet to be any tanks.

"Even this year, we will have at least 20,000 acres that will be un-grazeable without portable water that literally has no water in stock...

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