Tag Archive: runoff

Jan 08

Cover the Eco-Bases With Cover Crops

Farmers put covers on their fields—but not so they can sleep! Cover crops reduce erosion and improve water absorption. Dig in: You might think soil could use a rest between growing seasons. But leaving soil bare through winter makes it vulnerable to heavy rain and winds that cause erosion and wash nutrients out of the …

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Jan 05

Better Ditches, Clean Water Riches

It’s time to ditch the notion that all ditches are created equal. With a few smart improvements, a roadside ditch can lead to cleaner water. Listen up: Here’s the new and improved job description for the ubiquitous ditch: A thoughtfully engineered ditch reduces flooding and water pollution, contributing to cleaner waterways everywhere. The opportunity for …

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Dec 22

Minnesota Phosphorus Ban

Minnesota laid down the law on phosphorus: Plants need phosphorus to grow. But if there’s more than the plants can use, it can wash off lawns into waterways. Then mucky algae builds up. So, in 2004, the state of Minnesota began restricting the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizers. To buy any, you must have a …

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Nov 29

Trees as Stormwater Managers

A growing solution to stormwater runoff: If you’ve stood under a tree to stay dry during a storm, you know that leaves and branches can slow or even stop raindrops. Ted Endreny of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry says in a drizzle… Endreny: “The canopy can capture nearly …

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Nov 06

Greener Ground, Cleaner Water

Trading grey pipes for green spaces is helping cities control storm-water runoff. Tune in for some technicolor: When it rains, it pours…off pavement and into sewers and so-called “grey infrastructure.” This can overwhelm the system, sending pollutants past water treatment centers… straight into creeks and streams. So to absorb and filter stormwater where it falls, …

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