Introduction to Watershed Protection with Professor Loam

Happy Monday, friends! Today's dirty topic is Watershed Protection. We've spent the past couple of weeks looking at types of erosion and their effects.
Now, my team and I, will follow the eroding dirt into the watershed.
Watershed protection is the key to keeping our streams, lakes, estuaries, wetlands, aquifers, and oceans clean and safe.
Since there are hundreds of areas that drain into these common waterways, essentially, we all live in a watershed and it is our job to protect it.
Practicing watershed management, using techniques to protect the watershed, not only can we benefit from the outcome, but future generations will thank us.

How Do I Begin to Protect My Watershed?

Watershed protection is as easy as...
  • Reducing the availability of pollutants (e.g. reducing fertilizer, manure, and pesticide applications)
  • Reducing the pollutants generated (source reduction such as erosion control )
  • Slowing transport or delivery of pollutantsby reducing the amount of water transported or by causing the pollutant to be deposited near the point of origin
  • Causing deposition of the pollutant off-site before it reaches the waterbody
  • Treating the pollutant before or after it is delivered to the water resource through chemical or biological transformation

Digging up dirt? Ask us about our free Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan White Paper to be sure you are doing your part in watershed protection!

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