- September 9, 2016
Managing water on a property can be fun, easy, and can benefit wildlife and humans alike. The mechanisms in which water flows through our landscapes has changed with land use practices and human development. Today, 17.5% of the United States (18 million acres) urban area is covered in impervious surface, meaning that as it rains on these surfaces, the water is not absorbed and leads to an increase in runoff which can cause flooding, erosion, and pollution of waterways, as well as increased volume and stress to infrastructure. Implementing actions to slow the water that falls on impervious surfaces (installing a rain barrel or rain garden) or to mimic nature’s absorption (reducing our lawn size and planting native species) can help retain water on our property and reduce the pollution and stress on waterways. In the end, wildlife benefit from healthier and expanded habitat and humans have healthier recreation areas, cleaner water, and stable infrastructure.
Capture, slow, and care for water at a site
Goals Articles Are Special
This article is a part of our Planning for Habitat series. Habitat Network encourages you to set goals for each site you map so you can work towards outcomes that matter to you. Each goal has an introductory article, that links you to actions you might be able to take on your site to work towards meeting your goals.
Actions to Manage Water
These are the current actions that are tied to this goal. Whether or not you have “completed” an action is tied to the data collected via your site map. Each Habitat Map has its own goals and actions. To learn more about any action, or about how to change data on your map related to this action, click the link.
- Use of a rain barrel
- Lawn less than 25% of landscaping
- Rain garden, bioswale, or bioretention cell
- Impervious hardscape less than 50% of area
- Flowers irrigated infrequently
- Lawn irrigated infrequently
- Shrubbery irrigated infrequently
- Managing for natives on 50% of planted area
How to Set Goals for Your Sites
Ready to set goals for your habitat map? Visit the Map page, open the site explorer, and select the map you’d like to set goals for.