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Urban Development

The very act of development has a huge impact on water quality. The potential for erosion on construction sites is often 100 times greater than it is on agricultural sites, and sediment is the number one impairment to Iowa’s waterways! With some planning and care, site developers can keep much of the soil on site, where it belongs, and out of waterways. How do you keep the soil on site? Best Management Practices (BMPs) include: Schedule excavation during low rainfall periods when possible. Cover disturbed areas with sod or mulch as soon as possible. Divert water from these areas. Use straw bales to slow down water movement in drainage ditches.



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