Our new video series for Erosion Control Practices has information that you want to know!
The lifeblood of any agricultural operation is the soil. It is not something we can just replace. Depending on the climatic conditions, and who you ask, it can take between 100 and 500 years to form just one inch of topsoil. We depend on the soil to provide nutrients, hold water, and stabilize plants. We do not want our precious resources to leave our property.
If your operation requires that you work the soil during the rainy season, then you know that keeping your soil in place is a challenge. That challenge often extends to operations that are not in the field during the winter. To bring new ideas for holding your ground, we have created a video that addresses the challenging facets of preventing soil from leaving your operation and ending up in our local streams.
Wet Season Erosion and Sediment Control Practices for Growers is a series of videos that address these practices: operational and planning, border and entry, covering, slope management, and ditches, piping, and ponds. We feature local growers, watershed councils, water providers, agency and industry representatives all talking about the importance of soil and erosion prevention.
Managing erosion is not a cut-and-dried process. Not every practice works for every situation, but we hope that you will find new ideas that can be applied to your farm. We recommend you view every video, as many practices can work in combination with each other to achieve the best results.
Additional Erosion Control Resources
This video series was made possible by support from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Clackamas River Water Providers, and assistance from the Pudding River Watershed Council staff. We at Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District are happy to offer technical assistance to help you control erosion on your land. Call us at 503-210-6000.