Rain and landscaping irrigation wash loose dirt away, causing erosion. This soil—and the chemicals in it—ends up in our lakes and rivers, causing pollution. If you're undertaking a large landscaping project, be sure to work with your contractor to prevent loose soil from washing away, and for existing landscapes, try to control water runoff by catching in rain barrels, or diverting it to a rain garden.
- Clean Water is Our Precious Resource (PDF)
- Controlling and Preventing Erosion (PDF)
- Urban Forests in Florida: Trees Control Stormwater Runoff and Improve Water Quality
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- FFL Principle #4: Mulch
- Ground Covers
- Rain Barrels
- Rain Gardens
- What is Stormwater Runoff?
- Home Landscape Practices to Protect Water Quality--Virgina Cooperative Extension
- Nine Inexpensive Ways You Can Prevent Erosion--Planet Green
- Reduce Soil Erosion, Keep It Planted and Mulched--University of Rhode Island
- Runoff Management--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
- Smart Planting Can Halt River Bank Erosion--Land Steward
- Stabilizing Your Shoreline to Prevent Erosion--University of Minnesota Extension