Tag Archives | erosion

The Power of a Raindrop

We protect our homes, our cars, our belongings from theft, but have you thought about your land that may be carried away right before your eyes? As the rain falls over the next few months, check your property to see if your soil is protected from loss due to the power of a raindrop.

Splash Erosion


Board of Directors tour, February 28, 2012

Last Tuesday we brought our Board of Directors to two project sites, one on Milk Creek (a tributary to the Molalla River) and the other an area of mixed commercial and urban uses that drains to the Willamette River.

Milk Creek is eroding the banks at our project site, and fish habitat is impaired. Historically, splash dams were used on Milk Creek to transport logs downstream. This practice probably scoured the creek to bedrock many years ago, flushing gravel and woody material out of the system. Our goals at Milk Creek are to move the thalweg away from the eroding bank and add a substantial amount of dead and growing wood to the system. This will reduce bank erosion and restore vital habitat for salmonids.

The mixed use area is near the Prairie View development between Aurora and Wilsonville. This area used to be farmed, and now has some industrial properties, commercial nurseries, a golf course, and housing developments. If you picture a watershed as a bathtub, the housing development sits at the bathtub drain when excess water runs off land located uphill. The Clackamas County SWCD is collaborating with landowners to find solutions to erosion and runoff issues.

A farm or field

Is your precious soil washing away?

Drip irrigation

Do you see your precious topsoil washing away every rainy season or from heavy irrigation?

We have people who can help with irrigation improvements, saving time, energy, water and best of all…MONEY!

We can help you hold your soil, the basis of your operation! Our technical staff can help you with options to prevent or minimize erosion.

Not getting the crop yield you expected?

Pollinator on Fleabane

Some crops depend on pollinators for the best yields. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats, and birds benefit from healthy habitat.

We can help you design and implement pollinator habitat that can improve your crop production. Pollinator habitat can be attractive while also providing a benefit to your business.

Read the Free Pollination Services report from the Native Pollinators in Agriculture Project to learn how pollinators may help increase your farm revenue.

Links to more information about pollinators:
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Do you have a mountain of manure?

Horse manure

Poorly managed manure can create an unhealthy environment for your horses, livestock, wildlife, and people. Excess manure and mud can make your chores not only unpleasant but also unsafe.

Contaminated water harms drinking water supplies for animals and people. It can impair recreation and destroy wildlife habitat. Water that does not soak into the ground (whether from rain, snowmelt, a hose, or leaking pipes) is called runoff. Water that runs off land also picks up contaminants like nutrients and pathogens from manure, transporting them to the nearest water resource (lake, pond, wetland, stream, or river). Steep slopes and slopes without sufficient plant cover, combined with proximity to surface waters, is a recipe for pollution of surface water. Proper manure management and runoff management will protect or improve water quality on your property, in your community, and in your watershed.