Site clearing and land grading are two construction activities that typically increase soil erosion. These actions change the soil profile and structure, affecting the stability of the soil aggregates and the water infiltration rate. Not only does the site lose soil, but the resulting sediment can interrupt the normal exchange of soil gases. The effects of erosion may be reduced by redirecting or reducing the flow of water.
Signs of Erosion
Learn more about soil erosion and conservation practices to prevent it at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
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By: Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forester, USFS Southern Region