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Sustainable Gardening Techniques

For many homeowners gardens provide a source of beauty and contentment. Gardens can also provide an opportunity for wise water management practices that positively impact both the quality and quantity of water in the local watershed.

We all live in a watershed.  But what exactly is a watershed? A watershed can best be defined as an area of land where all the water that is under the land or drains off the land goes to the same place, usually a creek, river, lake, ocean or other body of water. Perhaps it is easiest to think of a watershed as a gigantic drainage basin or area in which all water, sediments and dissolved materials flow from the land into a common body of water.

According to the US EPA, the continental United States has 2110 watersheds.  Why are watersheds important? The health of our creeks, rivers and lakes depends on clean water and healthy watersheds.  Clean water and healthy watersheds are determined by both the quality and the quantity of water within the watershed. Water quality refers to the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of water in respect to its suitability for a particular purpose, consider water for drinking versus water for washing the car. Water quantity relates to the amount of impervious surfaces, such as roadways and rooftops, which cannot absorb water. This water runoff results in erosion and flooding. Impervious surfaces channel pollutants directly into streams without being processed by infiltrating the soil during transport.

Best management practices suggest that as a homeowner it is important to keep the water that falls on your property…on your property! Don’t let water run off your property.

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