Preparing for the Rainy Season

In Agricultural and Residential, ESF, Sand Hill Farm, Stewardship & Restoration Projects by Administrator

With the huge clean-up at Sand Hill Farm mostly complete, we’ve started planting our cover crop!

The cover crop is Merced Rye and we’ll be planting 120 pounds per acre. Sediment basins have been cleared and irrigation is already in place, but in the coming weeks we’ll be finishing up some important maintenance projects that will help direct rainfall runoff into a main sediment basin. One drainage, along the eastern property edge will undergo extensive maintenance and an underground drainage pipe and culverts will be replaced.

FYI: A sediment basin is a small dammed pond that catches runoff water, allowing soil to settle to the bottom and cleaner water to flow out. Sediment basins are an important way to reduce soil runoff and protect water quality. Later the sediment is removed from the basin.

So far the work is right on schedule to have the property ready by mid-October for the rainy season.