Soil erosion in the Lake Massawippi watershed brings tons of sediment to the lake annually. Sediment means phosphates and blue-green algae. To battle this problem, Everblue Massawippi has worked closely with municipalities and agricultural producers in the watershed for more than a year to put effective practices in place to reduce erosion.
Already more than fifteen agricultural producers have committed to planting almost 800 acres of cover crops in corn fields in 2013. This is a first for the Eastern Townships! These crops will protect the soil starting this autumn and significantly reduce soil loss towards the lake.
Ditch maintenance is a significant challenge formunicipalities. Inadequate techniques not only increase the risk of erosion, but cost more, as well. Since last spring, Everblue Massawippi has offered to accompany municipalities to find solutions that will both save money and reduce the flow of sediments towards the ditches, the streams and finally into the lake.
Those who wish to better understand the soil erosion phenomenon can watch the five minute video at the following address: http://vimeo.com/54550549
You’ll never look at soil the same way again!
Everblue Massawippi Board Member