Soils for Salmon

Builders, developers, and landscapers are adopting practices that preserve and improve the soil on building sites, and protect waterways, and local governments are beginning to require it.

The simple soil "best management practices" (BMPs) described here include preserving site topsoil and vegetation where possible, reducing compaction, and amending disturbed soils with compost to restore healthy soil functions.

Advantages to builders, consumers, and the environment include:

  • More marketable buildings
  • Better erosion control
  • Easier planting
  • Healthy, attractive landscapes
  • Easier maintenance with less water and chemical needs
  • Reduced stormwater runoff, with better water quality for salmon, wildlife, and people too.

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