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Watershed Academy~Job Pathways for Water and Climate Resilience

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  1. Mastering the skills and lessons of the Watershed Academy

    Getting on Board - the Paper Work: Emergency contact, Liability and Media Release, Contact Info and Coordinating Schedule
    5 Quizzes
  2. Creating and Keeping a Safe and Productive Work Environment
    2 Topics
  3. Keeping a timelog
  4. Who is a Water Protector
  5. Pathways, Principles and Premises of Becoming a Water Protector
    Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection
  6. Keeping a Journal with Field Notes
  7. Tracking your Journey
    What I need to take notes on+ journal prompts
  8. Scavenger Hunt
  9. How have people traditionally used the watershed and protected community values in a changing world?
  10. Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Contemporary Science for Improved Community and Water Security
    How has land use in the past compare to how it's being used now in the watershed?
  11. Protecting Community Values in a Changing World
  12. What is a Watershed?
  13. What are the basic elements of understanding and assessing a watershed?
    Geology & soil conditions in the watershed
  14. Observe and Assess- Reading the Landscape
  15. Best Practices for Improving Watershed Management
  16. Watershed & Ecological Restoration Practices
    Restoring streams
  17. Erosion Control
  18. Vegetation and Aquatic Ecology in the Watershed
  19. Why it's important to share what we find
  20. Telling the Story of Your Watershed Academy Experience
    How to create a community presentation on what I learned
  21. How to Interview an Elder
  22. Learning From the Past
    Resources and Interview Prompts
  23. Community organizing for improved watershed health
  24. Become a Leader
    How to build a strong team
Lesson 17 of 24
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Erosion Control

February 14, 2023

What is Erosion?

Erosion is the slow process of water or wind carving into earth and even material like concrete and asphalt. The Grande Canyon is a result of the Colorado river eroding through the desert rock over a long, long time.

Erosion can be good, like when it creates beautiful landscape features, but many times erosion can cause damage and instability to soil. When soil washes out it allows water to wash away from an area very fast, causing floods downstream and not allowing infiltration of water into the soil upstream. Did you know that Beaver dams actually help create natural ponds because they hold water back from running down hill? When water is slowed down, plants that require more water can grow and if enough water stays behind, fish populations emerge.

Be like a beaver and slow the water down!                                                                               

The Types of Erosion:

-Sheet erosion

-Splash erosion

-Rill erosion

-Gully erosion

The Types of Erosion Control Structures:

-One rock damn (ORD)

-Rock mulch run down

-Zuni bowl

-Media Luna


Follow this guide to see how to build each of the types of erosion control structures mentioned above.