Land owners, government agencies and even nonprofits frequently look into cable concrete erosion control solutions because of a general idea that erosion is bad. However, unless you are an expert in the field, it is unlikely that knowledge regarding the impacts of erosion go much beyond that basic understanding. Here is a list of the effects of erosion that make it clear why erosion control is a good investment for the environment, and perhaps even your bottom line:
- Topsoil degradation: Topsoil quality is essential for agriculture and preserving native plant species. When this commodity goes away, it becomes difficult to maintain vegetation because the soil no longer offers the same nutritive qualities. This can severely disrupt a farming operation or threaten habitat for plants and animals. Unsustainable farming practices threatened topsoil for many years, and now the focus is on preserving it. Controlling erosion helps maintain this balance.
- Sedimentation and pollution: When soil erodes, it must go somewhere, and that is frequently into streams and rivers. The buildup of dirt will choke a stream and put fish species in danger. As the land around a stream degrades, it also makes the surrounding area vulnerable to flooding. Areas that may have never experienced high water before may suddenly face this after a new construction development removes vegetation and soil layers. Implementing erosion control before it’s needed can keep streams clean and unlikely to overflow their banks.
- Seed disruption: As soil erodes, plants are unable to go to seed. The plants themselves can be swept away, and as that occurs, their seeds disappear as well. Not only is this a horrible waste, but vegetation also plays a role in preventing erosion, meaning the problem continues to compound itself. If you are looking to restore a habitat, looking into erosion issues and solving them becomes essential.
- Road damage: Just like down-slope deposits can disrupt rivers and streams, they can also make roads dangerous. If you drive on roads near hills or cliffs, you will frequently see a buildup of dirt alongside the road. In bad rainstorms, this can not only pile up worse, but also flow into the road to make driving more dangerous. The situation can get worse if tire tracks remain deep and collect the accumulation of water and dirt. This will lead to roads wearing out quicker, meaning greater expense to state highway departments or municipalities.
- Wind erosion vulnerability: While most of the effects of erosion involve water, failing to give land the proper stabilization also leaves it vulnerable to other elements. The merciless attention of the wind is one of these factors. It is inevitable that wind will remove topsoil and disrupt plants, but these effects are more intense if there is not the appropriate protection to minimize them. By adding erosion controls for water, you expand on the benefits when other factors threaten these areas, too.
IECS offers cable concrete erosion control solutions that will preserve land quality and habitat on private and public lands. Contact us to see what design will work best for your erosion control needs.