Soil Erosion is a Costly Problem
Eroding construction sites are a leading cause of water quality problems in Clinton County. For every acre under construction, about a dump truck and a half of soil washes into a nearby lake or county drain unless the builder uses erosion controls. The result of unchecked sedimentation includes:
Cleaning up sediment in streets, sewers, and ditches adds extra costs to local government budgets.
Muddy water diminishes quality fishery.
Nuisance Growth of Weeds & Algae
Sediment carries fertilizers that fuel algae and weed growth in our streams, ponds, and lakes.
Taxpayers pay for the expense of dredging sediment from lakes, rivers, and drains.
Controlling Erosion is Easy
Erosion control is important even for home sites of an acre or less. Only a few controls are needed on most sites:
Preserve existing trees and grasses where possible to prevent erosion
Re-vegetate the site as soon as possible
Install silt fence to trap sediment on the down slope sides of the lot
Locate soil piles away from any roads or waterways
Limit access to a properly prepared drive to limit tracking of mud onto streets
Cleanup sediment carried off-site by vehicles or storms at the end of each day
Extend downspouts in order to prevent erosion from roof runoff