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Hydrology

Goal: Maximize water infiltration and maintain integrity of the watershed.

Wood Aster
Select plants to fit existing soil moisture conditions.
Livable Plants for the Home Landscape
watering can and flowers
Provide irrigation only when required for plant establishment or management during extended drought.
Landscape Management for Water Conservation
large rain barrel
Use captured and treated rainwater, grey-water, and wastewater for on-site water needs such as when landscape irrigation is necessary.
Harvesting Water
pavement
Reduce or limit impervious surfaces to improve water infiltration.
Permeable vs. Impermeable Surfaces
green roof
Reduce stormwater discharge by installing gardens to slow water movement and encourage infiltration (rain gardens, green roofs) rather than relying on stormwater collection and removal from the site.
Rain Gardens
Green Roofs
orange barrier to prevent soil erosion
Prevent sediment runoff with well-developed plant cover and by using appropriate sediment-control practices during site construction.
Preventing Erosion