As temperatures warm and there is less risk of snowfall, watching where your stormwater travels can reveal so many secrets about the landscape. Some of those secrets can provide solutions to problems that arise when water is unable to filter back into the ground close to where it falls. It is easier to see this now before plants leaf out and fill the landscape.
While lawn is often considered “green” space it is actually not very good at absorbing storm water. In fact, lawn areas recharge groundwater less efficiently than landscaped areas that include shrubs, trees, and groundcovers. New Jersey has an average of 38.37 inches/year of rainfall so you can get 17 cubic feet of stormwater runoff per year from one square yard of lawn.
To give you an idea of just how popular lawn is, the U.S. devotes a full one-fifth of its land to agriculture (637,500 square miles) for farmers to grow on, of which corn is the largest food crop. There are almost 50,000 square miles of lawn growing in the U.S.—almost three times as much as corn. There are a number of reasons why lawn is so popular but the alternatives can help you keep storm water from travelling far and in the long run that means cleaner drinking water for all.
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