For several years now, my husband and I have discussed various ways to use all our storm runoff/high water table problems here for something positive. The local and state government is starting to clamp down on the water runoff into streams and creeks. Most of our runoff goes right down into Sauquoit Creek, which flows into the Mohawk River and down to the Susquehanna, etc. I am expecting the DEC to clamp down even more, with burdensome regulations.
I would LOVE to prevent all this moving water from going into our streams. But I have no where to put the water! This is a dilemma for many of us in these valley towns and hamlets. Everything around us is developed, and this development is becoming more so. Unfortunately this exacerbates the stormwater problem!
Some of the better home and garden magazines are chatting about controlling water runoff and drought. “Going natural.” I’ve ALWAYS been in favor of native gardening, because I hate pruning, fertilizing, and babysitting non-native plants that only poop out after one of our winters, anyway. I love native perennials, and it’s all I plant around here.
Well, there’s a website address I found, if you are interested in the same thing. It looks great! It’s run by Kansas City (they experience flooding from runoff to, and a lot of it is due to extreme development). It’s something the landowners can do that is positive.