Onsite – loss of topsoil, organic matter, increased compaction and lower microbiological activity
Offsite – eutrophication of water downstream, increased turbidity of water, clogging of waterways including public roads, road ditches, culverts and streams
One of the main causes of landscape problems is inadequate soil preparation. Landscape soils are often compacted or contaminated by construction practices. If these problems are not corrected, plant growth will suffer for years. (USU?? HG 500.3 – Dec 2002
High Organic matter soils
These things need to be sent to Developers!!!! Now!!!!
Utah’s Growth Rate
Utah’s Growth – what does it mean
We are currently growing faster than Africa
We are #4 in the nation – but this will change soon
We have #1 birth rate and #3 longevity
Even if we stop having children today- it will last for 50 years
Increased storm water runoff as a result of low infiltration rates of compacted soils.
Increased flooding due to runoff.
Increased erosion from construction sites.
Increased water pollution potential, especially nitrates and phosphorus, in local rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. (http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/files/u02d.pdf)
What kind of water users are we?
Where the Water is Used
A majority of water is used for Agriculture
Our Newest Crop
Water Use in Utah Urban Areas
How are you approaching outdoor water conservation?
Water efficient irrigation application
Type of irrigation equipment
Timing of watering
Water efficient plants
What is missing from this picture? (Hint – where does the water go and the plants grow?)
The Role of Soil in Water Conservation Local Stakeholders: The Resources' Best Stewards
What Role Does Soil Play in Water Conservation
“ Soil is the most important component of the landscape.” (USU Extension Fact Sheet HG-522 – 02)
“ Quality topsoil is the basis for quality landscapes” (USU Extension Fact Sheet AG/SO- 02)
“ Soil Quality is Linked to Sustainability” (NRCS Soil Quality Institute – 01)