The implementation of rain gardens is aimed at reducing the amount of urban runoff entering surface waters. Their design involves diverting water from a building’s downspouts and/or capturing it off of highly gradient areas and sending it into shallow basins, planted with native plants, which allow the water to penetrate the ground.
88 Rain Gardens Installed since 2010
Surface inlets are sometimes used to remove excess water in agricultural fields. However, this creates a direct path for sediments and nutrients to enter surface waters. To help combat this, Alternative Tile Intakes take the surface inlet and buries it under gravel and sand to allow particulates to be filtered out.
151 Alternative Tile Intakes are planned to be constructed with the aid of 2014 Clean Water Funds
Water and Sediment Control Basins (WASCOB) are used to fix gully erosion on agricultural fields. Essentially, the gully is filled in and a dam structure installed. On the up-slope side of the structure a special tile inlet is placed to slowly drain any water being held by the newly constructed basin. This allows particulates to settle out of and prevents the water from running across the surface of the field.
96 WASCOBs have been installed within the Pomme de Terre Watershed
Native plants go along way in protecting our lakes. That’s why the Pomme de Terre River Association provides cost-share for the restoration of shorelines around lakes. It is very important to keep nutrients and sediment where it belongs, in this case on the shoreline. By planting vegetation with large root systems we do two things: 1. Hold everything in place and 2. Filter out many nutrients that may come from a house or yard.
15 shorelines have been restored to date with the help of PDTRA
Stream Barbs are low profile, sloping stone sill projecting out from a stream bank to redirect the stream currents away from a bank exposed to erosion as well as protect establishing riparian vegetation.
The Stone’s Mill Stream Barb was constructed in 2012 with Clean Water Funds
In areas where livestock have easy access to surface waters, a livestock exclusion fence can aid in keeping cattle away from streams and critical areas not intended for grazing to improve water quality. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation, and E. coli levels.
10 Cattle Exclusions have been constructed to date by PDTRA
Some of our grant funds are used to recruit landowners into enrolling in federal programs, such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP). These programs temporarily retire cultivated/agricultural land and provide beneficial buffers and wildlife habitat to the watershed. For more information on these federal programs, visit the USDA Farm Service Agency website here.
5,877 acres have been enrolled into these programs!