It’s the Little Things: Tiny Bioimprovements to Make a Difference

Building seeps, bioswales, vernal ponds, marshy areas, and the like into your California native planting helps restore groundwater like nothing else.

San Jose had extremely minimal rain the past two days, a fraction of an inch. But this little streambed pond still has a couple of gallons sitting in it after a bright sunny day where most of the surface soil has already started to dry.

It will slowly seep into the ground over the next day or two, keeping this clay heavily saturated and swampy for several weeks.

If this same bed was graded house-to-street, all this water would have run straight off into the sewers and to the ocean, and not re-entered the soil.

It’s the little things like this that can help heal the earth, if we take the time to learn and implement them.

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