Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative eyes ways to protect Maine river

Local residents are taking a hands-on approach to soil erosion that could harm Maine’s Salmon Falls River, and are finding solutions through their work with the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative. Fosters Daily Democrat reports the United States Department of Agriculture identified the river as the most threatened watershed in the country in 2008.

The river runs through more than 10 Maine towns, and the relief efforts may include erosion control methods to handle short- and long-term concerns. Ignoring these problems could lead to lower water quality for community water systems that rely on the watershed.

The collaborative will explore different ways to improve water quality, and eliminating soil erosion will help alleviate worries over impurities. Using preventative equipment such as a straw wattle can help limit the impact of soil erosion. 

This product is 75 feet per bale, and uses netting that is high-density polyethlyne and ethyl vinyl acetate with UV inhibitors. The straw wattle works well near rivers because it retains sediment on slopes, which helps keep soil in place in and around drain inlets. Prevent sediment blockage with an affordable erosion solution.

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