Tag: soil conservation service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

Protecting Storm Drains and Inlets From Sediment and Pollutants

Protecting Storm Drains and Inlets From Sediment and Pollutants

The trouble with stormwater runoff is that it travels along the ground surface and over pavement, picking up sediment and other contaminants as it goes. A well-designed surface water runoff collection and drainage system will funnel runoff from relatively large areas into individual collection points such as inlets and drains

Stormwater Infiltration in Clay Soils

Stormwater Infiltration in Clay Soils

Stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces is causing devastating effects on the landscape of our developing watersheds. We are disrupting the natural hydrological cycle that supports our potable water supplies and natural fauna. Intentional stormwater infiltration can restore that cycle. However, the lack of awareness and the perceived lack of data

Interception and Filtration

Interception and Filtration

The trouble with stormwater runoff is that it travels along the ground surface and over pavement, picking up sediment and other contaminants as it goes. A well-designed surface water runoff collection and drainage system will funnel runoff from relatively large areas into individual collection points such as inlets and drains

Changing Land Surfaces With Retaining Walls

Changing Land Surfaces With Retaining Walls

Retaining walls have become the modern-day structures of choice for us to manipulate the surfaces on which we choose to build our lives. From creating more buildable space on a site, to helping stabilize bridges, they are ubiquitous workhorses that are often easily overlooked. But sometimes they take their inspiration

Soil Savers by the Seashore, and More

Soil Savers by the Seashore, and More

To control erosion in areas of heavy water flows, riprap is often prescribed; however, purchasing, transporting, and setting such large rocks can be quite costly. In addition, depending upon the site, large boulders might not be the most attractive option. Advancements in erosion control blankets, mattresses, and turf reinforcement mats

Constructing an Infiltration Trench Retrofit BMP

In the spring of 2004, an infiltration trench was built on the grounds of Villanova University near Philadelphia, PA. Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program and the EPA’s Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program, the trench is the most recent addition to Villanova’s Stormwater

Simplifying the Design of Urban Stormwater Detention Systems

With development occurring at a rapid rate in many parts of the United States and across the globe, stormwater experts are grappling with ways to deal with increased runoff and water-quality problems. More than half the rain that falls on some developed areas may become runoff, and during intense storms,

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