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Sediment (pg 3 of 3)

Sediment can be intercepted and trapped before it reaches waterways. Eroded waterways can be restored by methods such as regrading, planting, and stabilizing slopes and banks. But it is generally cheapest and most effective to prevent erosion and sedimentation in the first place.

Conservation tillage on farmland can reduce erosion. Fencing riparian zones to keep cattle out or to carefully manage grazing along streams can keep streambanks in good health. Damage from logging can be reduced through more careful siting of logging roads, less damaging forms of skidding (such as cable skidding systems), or avoiding logging on steep stream valleys.

Even solving loss of erosion from land will not immediately remedy sedimentation of streams. After a century or more of erosion from farmland and other sources, some stream reaches will require decades or more to move and redeposit accumulated sediment.


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