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06 Dec

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Managing Stormwater Runoff at Home

An increasing amount of homeowners are being required to manage their home’s stormwater runoff. In some cases, homeowners are charged an extra fee by water and sewage companies for not properly managing their stormwater run off. So, in order to help the environment and save money, it is a great idea to start managing the rainwater that falls, quite often here in Vancouver, Washington, on your property.

Why You Should Care About Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff causes various problems for the local environment. Mass amounts of rainwater runoff can cause flooding by overwhelming storm drains. Stormwater runoff stirs up and carries away pollutants from concrete and asphalt (such as motor oil) which makes its way to numerous waterways. Dealing with and managing stormwater will take the help of everyone in order to succeed in solving these problems.

A Few Ways to Minimize Stormwater Runoff Around Your Home

Decreasing the amount of impervious surfaces that surround your property will help in managing stormwater. Break up slabs of concrete and replace those areas with pavers, bricks, or masonry stones. These materials allows the water to soak into the spaces between the stone.

Adding plants, especially anywhere that stormwater generally collects, will also help to minimize the excess water. As the water soaks into the soil, plant roots help filter out any pollutants from the water.

Collecting rainwater is yet another way to safely minimize the spread of pollutants into waterways. Hooking a 55 gallon drum up to your gutters downspouts is a relatively simple task. This will allow you to collect, store and re-purpose rainwater in your garden and around your home.

You can also construct a rain garden. A rain garden is configured to catch and slow down rainwater. Usually a rain garden is built in low lying areas or at the base of a slope. Sometimes downspouts can be redirected to these locations as well. Rain gardens are essentially made from layers of soil, plants and mulch. Rain garden absorb mass amounts of rainwater runoff and clean out pollutants.

These are just a few ways in which to decrease the amount of stormwater runoff that occurs on your property. For help with these projects or for more information about managing stormwater runoff, please click here to contact Urban Eden Landscaping today!