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Agricultural runoff triggers significant problems that range far beyond the dozen or so yards adjacent to where it enters the stream.
Runoff water in urban environments can be redirected using dry streams, grassed swales
Agricultural recycling can be managed in two basic ways: a closed loop system, where drained or tailwater is directly recirculated
Drainage water recycling is a water management practice that captures water drained from agricultural fields
Two-stage ditches are a relatively new but highly effective innovation in containing and directing flow of agricultural runoff.
Natural wetlands fill specific functions in the ecosystem.
Pollution caused by agricultural runoff is one of the primary causes of water quality issues throughout the US.
SCMs are permanent, engineered structures built and maintained to remove pollutants from urban stormwater runoff.
Given the nature of very intense storms, it’s not always possible to increase natural absorption to the point where there’s not substantial runoff.
We’ve discussed how excessive runoff can present major hazards to human lives, public health, infrastructure, as well as both local and distant ecosystems.
With a large percentage of land covered by hard, impermeable surfaces like pavement, parking lots, buildings, and sidewalks, rainfall cannot be naturally absorbed into the soil.
Runoff water is usually excess rain that falls or snow that melts when the ground is saturated and cannot absorb any more water.