How to Protect Your Watershed
Watershed protection and restoration is the key to keeping our streams, lakes, estuaries, wetlands, aquifers, and oceans clean and safe.
Since there are hundreds of areas that drain into these common waterways, essentially, we all live in a watershed and it is our job to protect it.
Practicing watershed management, using techniques to protect the watershed, not only can we benefit from the outcome, but future generations will thank us.
How Do I Begin to Protect My Watershed?
- Reduce Availability of pollutants (e.g. reducing fertilizer, manure, and pesticide applications)
- Reduce Pollutants Generated (source reduction such as erosion control )
- Slow Transport or Delivery of Pollutants by reducing the amount of water transported or by causing the pollutant to be deposited near the point of origin
- Cause Deposition of the Pollutant Off-site before it reaches the waterbody
- Treat the Pollutant before or after it is delivered to the water resource through chemical or biological transformation
Granite Environmental offers product solutions for a cleaner world, including watershed structural controls such as:
Silt Fence: Slow down the velocity of water and retain water on site. Trapping a higher percentage of suspended sediments than straw bales, these are made from tough and durable woven geotextile. Establish your perimeter and use for up to six months.
Turbidity Curtain: Provide sedimentation protection for a watercourse from up slope land disturbance where conventional erosion & sediment controls cannot be used, or from dredging or filling within the watercourse. Comes in three types.
Staked Silt Barrier: Designed specifically for storm water run-off and sheet flow control as well as sediment control in water shallower than 30 inches. Direct run-off into settling pond or retention basin prior to discharge.
Dewatering Bag: Collect contaminated sand, silt, gravel by pumping turbid water into the non woven geotextile bag and allow water to filter and seep out. Ideal for aquaculture use, composting, and site remediation. Easy to use! Easy disposal.
Woven Geotextile: Provides superior cushioning and protection against puncture when used for stabilization, separation, and erosion control. Made from woven polypropylene, it is UV resistant, rot resistant, and chemically inert. This fabric helps to improve soil quality and increase structural stability.
Nonwoven Geotextile: Provides filtration, separation, drainage, sediment control, and cushion. Made from 100% needle punched propylene staple fibers, it is UV and rot resistant, and remains stable within 2-13 pH. It helps to retain fine particles and provide permanent mechanical and hydraulic filter stability, ideal for soil erosion prevention, control/repair, restoration.
Coconut Coir Fiber: Coconut and natural fiber erosion prevention products provide natural protection during the period of time it takes for the roots and shoots of plants to colonize and stabilize stream banks, slopes, wetlands, and hillside soils. Being 100% natural and biodegradable, coir fiber functions as a soil amendment.