By mapping natural ecosystems that reveal watershed boundaries land owners can develop integrated plans for hydrologic modeling, including irrigation, storm water storage assessment and flood analysis.
Watershed analysis is not limited to large scale delineation. It is applicable to all scales of property, from urban lots to the many square miles of major river drainages.
Watershed Assessment Modeling and Mapping
We utilize GIS and fieldwork to gather topographic and slope data that is then used to identify potential watershed stabilization and restoration needs.
We examine a property thoroughly and seek out opportunities for slowing down and retaining the water that flows across the landscape, keeping precious topsoil where it is needed most.
By making use of water where it falls, crop yields are augmented and natural sources of potable and non-potable water are readily available for practical utilization.
Watershed delineation, water management. Erosion control, best management practices (design and construction). Riparian zone restoration. Rain gardens. Landform and water. Two basic strategies of water conservation: storing water in the soil and the diversion of surface water to dams/ponds and tanks for later use; storing it on the surface. Slow, spread, and sink water as it falls from the sky into the soil to capture as much water as is reasonably possible, store that water for dry periods, and distribute that water when necessary across the site.
Our services include complete water and soils assessments and recommendations for the following:
- Keyline design and contour mapping
- Water flow management and planning
- Retaining water and nutrients on the property
- Erosion control
- Best management practices (design and construction)
- Riparian zone restoration
- Rain garden planning
- Assess the site’s water needs and resources
- Develop water storages (both in the ground and on the surface)
- Harvest water
- Reticulate water
- Goals and context – what are your water needs, and how do you plan to use your harvested water?
- Identify the sources of water
- Watershed – determining your place in the hydrologic cycle and your site’s watershed
- Calculate your site’s rainfall volume – the water budget
- Storing Water in the Soil: Keyline plowing /subsoiling – Keyline pattern cultivation, swales on contour
- Water Storage
- Ponds: Hillside/Contour Ponds, ponds for the flat sites
- Water Harvesting
- Water Distribution
- Boost the overall resilience of the farm by first storing water in the soil, this is done by building soil’s organic matter, using swales and keyline cultivation pattern.
- Once the whole landscape is hydrated, capture the runoff rainfall with harvesting drains and fill up water tanks and ponds. Keep this water for times of drought and release it through irrigation channels and pipes to rehydrate the landscape.