Stormwater and Erosion Management

Areas of bare soil often exist on newly seeded lawns and around construction projects. Even on gentle slopes, water from rain and snow can remove large amounts of soil, forming rills and gullies. If not prevented or repaired, this soil is carried to wetlands, rivers, and lakes. Planting grass or other ground cover is the best way to stop erosion. Putting a straw or chip mulch over newly seeded areas will slow erosion. Straw bales, diversion ditches, and commercially available silt fences around construction sites can help slow runoff and trap sediment on site. If you are working with a contractor, insist that precautions are taken to control runoff and erosion during construction.
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