Just like city streets, bank erosion has to be patched before it gets out of hand.
Yard waste and downed trees need to be cleaned up. But some dead trees and brush should be kept for wildlife.
Tim Kessenich shows how he's reinforced a stream that runs through his yard. It takes minor but regular maintenance.
Stagnant pools can lead to mosquitoes, if they remain for weeks. Here's what you can do.
Rain gardens keep streams healthy
Rain gardens help by taking care of rain where it falls. By allowing rain to sink into the soil, there will be less runoff--with less damage to stream banks, and more groundwater to maintain flow during dry spells. Rain gardens are needed not only for your downspout, but also for runoff from large parking lots and for streets.
Citizens can use SeeClickFix to identify good spots for larger rain gardens. Neighbors need to step forward to help maintain these gardens--and SeeClickFix can help recruit and organize volunteers. Rain gardens save tax dollars--they also beautify neighborhoods and increase property values.
This rain garden handles runoff from a parking lot in Madison, WI.
Find out here about rain gardens.
A rain garden for your school.
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Find out here about the battle to save a stream in Madison, WI.