Heavy Rain and Runoff Provides an Opportunity

By: Karl Czymmek

Flood warnings are posted for much of NYS through Saturday, April 8. Last evening in CNY, some streams were running chocolate brown, others were not.

Be curious. Don’t miss this chance to improve your ability to understand water movement in your landscape and better manage risk in wet weather conditions. Get outdoors and spend some time observing runoff from farmstead and fields. Look for places around farmsteads that may need better management or protection. (This can help to prepare wet weather standard operating procedures for those thinking about the ECL permit).

As for fields, look for concentrated flow areas where it may be wise to avoid manure applications the next time marginal conditions are experienced. Be on the lookout for places where erosion control practices need to be stepped up.

Get outside today. Watch the runoff and see what you can learn. It may give you an edge.

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