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Preventing Soil Erosion and Water Contamination on the Farm

A look at what they are doing on a farm in Pennsylvania to retain topsoil and prevent fertilizers, animal waste and pesticides from getting into streams and ending up in Chesapeake Bay.

Some features looked at: swales, creating a non-cultivated space near streams, using vegetation as a buffer…

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Vegetated Swales to Control Stormwater

Michael Gladnick and Deborah Seif talk about using vegetative swales to control and direct stormwater and to filter out particles. They are looking at a commercial or academic property not being used for food production, but the principles would be the same for productive land.

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Water on Your Land: Conserving, Directing, Collecting and Storing It

Loren Luyendyk from Santa Barbara Organics talks about water.

Topics:

– How you can use swales to redirect water on your property and also to encourage water that might otherwise flow away, taking topsoil with it to sink into the soil.

– Mulching to help retain water in the soil.

– Collecting rain water and storing it in tanks, in plants on your land and in manmade ponds

– Greywater – Use water more than once. Really easy set-ups and more complicated ones.

– Blackwater (sewage) – Treating the sewage with vegetation. Gives a reed bed example,

– Flowforms to oxygenate water

Introduction to Permaculture Part 2: Water from sbpermaculture on Vimeo.

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