The long term effects of erosion can be very devastating, including the loss of trees and landscape, loss of real property and a decrease in property value, depletion of groundwater, minimal groundwater recharge, sediment deposition in larger water systems, flooding damage, loss of wildlife habitat and loss of biodiversity.
Things to look for on your own property: Watch where water moves on your site, where does it pick up speed and energy? Where does it soak in? What can you notice about where it concentrates flow? Are there small rivulets forming anywhere? Do you see roots of trees sticking out of the ground?
If you see any of these things, installation of various water collecting structures are helpful (swales, berms, terraces, one rock dams, etc.). Paying attention to water flow will help you decide what needs to be done. Remember: always start at the top of the water shed!
Erosion frequently goes unchecked here in the Southwest, but with minimal techniques to help sediment deposition, we can re-establish vegetation. Vegetation is what we need to hold our soils in place, and bring the land back to a healthier state. Erosion control can incorporate a number of solutions to keep erosion in check. Visit our Erosion Control page for more information.
Sound interesting? Email us about your project needs. The RainCatcher offers consultations and estimates for a fee of $100, including travel time. We look forward to hearing from you!