Green Term Defined: Erosion


Erosion is the removal of soil and rock by water from one location to another. Erosion is also when wind moves soil from one location to another.

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Erosion is a natural process, although human activity can have an increased impact on the rate at which is occurs. Excessive erosion impacts soil quality, stream and river issues, and airborne dust pollution.

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The most effective method to prevent erosion is vegetative cover. Other strategies that work are limiting livestock from walking into streams and rivers, terracing, windbreaks, stream restoration, and crop rotation.

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  1. I’m curious about the ‘most effective’ wording. What are your thoughts & experiences with permeable or porous paving and xeriscaping?

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  2. Permeable and porous paving are great solutions for stormwater management. They don’t stop erosion by themselves. It is the base storage layer that holds the water in and allows the site to slowly absorb it that does the work. Using planted material not only does this work, but also filters out contaminants while stopping erosion. They are both solutions depending on the goal. Less pavement is better.

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  3. For any landscaping using natives is a great approach. Xeriscaping is using plants that need less water. Certainly natives are the best solutions for landscaping.

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