by Kathy Whitlow, Operations Manager

Luckily, the predicted major flooding did not come to pass but last week’s weather was a great reminder to be prepared. Not every storm event is severe enough to necessitate measures to protect life and property but heavier rain and snowmelt events can certainly highlight erosion problems in your yard.

Why should you care?

According to the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, as much as 22.18 cubic feet of soil and sediment per house erodes into our streams, rivers and lakes each year. The good news? Often, simple soil erosion abatement measures can make a marked difference in the amount of sediment flowing from our yards that ultimately pollutes the creeks and streams in our watershed.

What can you do?

  1. Let us help you create a plan for your property! Contact us now and you’ll be first on our list come spring for a free evaluation of your property to identify potential erosion sources. Click here or contact Andy Otto via email or at (530) 550‐8760 x 3 to sign up or for additional information regarding the River-Friendly Landscaping Program.
  2. Watch your property during this season’s storms. Do you have problems with dirt or rocks from your yard ending up on your driveway, patio or lawn? Do rivulets and small “streams” appear on your property during storms? Can you see where slopes need stabilizing? Letting us know about actual erosion issues on your property helps ensure we can customize your site evaluation and address all areas of concern.

Photo: A view of the raging Truckee River 12/2/12. Stefan McLeod Photography