Sediment from Home Projects

Urbanization, the conversion of land to towns and cities, has a profound impact on the local environment.  As land is cleared, plants whose roots hold the soil in place and retain moisture to keep soil from drying and eroding are permanently removed.  The asphalt and concrete that replace them don’t allow water to soak into the ground.  As a result, we must count on effective drainage systems to minimize flooding.  Unfortunately, as the runoff is drained, it is often contaminated by litter, fertilizers, and other chemicals.

You can minimize the harm done by home projects by:

  • Limiting the amount of impervious surfaces in your landscape –  use permeable paving surfaces like wood decks, bricks, and concrete lattice so that water can soak into the ground
  • Directing runoff from impervious surfaces to vegetated areas
  • Alongside waterways, plant buffer strips of thick vegetation to filter and slow runoff and soak up pollutants
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and groundcover instead of grass – they will absorb much more water and they don’t require fertilizer
  • Use natural alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and minimize all pesticide and fertilizer use
  • Re-sod or reseed bare patches in your lawn as soon as possible to avoid erosion

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