St Louis Erosion Control Services
Controlling Erosion and Drainage
Winter thaw and spring rains increase the need for erosion and drainage control. As the water begins to move, we are left with two very simple options — collect or direct the way the water will flow. We can only hope to control its path and direct it into a manageable location that is away from structures and buildings, reducing flooding and water damage.
At RF Landscape Services we work with various products to accomplish this task. Erosion and drainage control is as much about the velocity of the water as it is about volume of water being managed — thus the need for a variety of solutions:
- Underground downspouts
- Catch basins
- Stone filtrations
We use our professional expertise to deliver the solution to your erosion and drainage control problems and work directly with some of St. Louis’s best engineers to develop drainage and erosion plans when needed. We understand there is nothing worse than water in your home or business. Let us help you design a solution to all your erosion and drainage control problems.
Our commercial and residential erosion and drainage control services include:
- Safety fencing
- Silt fencing
- Silt sacks and dams
- Stone filtration
- Fence removal
- Erosion control blankets
- Straw bales & mulch
- Edge drain
- Dry creek beds
- Catch basins
- Land prep, seeding, fertilizer
- Culvert maintenance and installation
Erosion and drainage control matters! Through the use of best management practices (BMPs), you can reduce contamination and erosion that affect the entire community. You can also potentially save money. We can help you with storm water management as well as erosion and drainage control.
Why Erosion & Drainage Controls Matters
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, storm water runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow melt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. Runoff accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality. Through the use of best management practices (BMPs), we can preserve the quality of our drinking water and reduce contamination.
As homeowners, you can play a key role in cleaning up our polluted waterways. The majority of pollution in our urban waterways can be linked to common lawn care practices such as over applying fertilizers and pesticides or not properly disposing of pet waste.
We can also adopt green infrastructure applications and approaches which can reduce, capture, and treat storm water runoff at its source before it can reach the sewer system. Site-specific practices re designed to mimic natural hydrologic functions and decrease the amount of impervious area and storm water runoff from individual site:
- Green roofs: A roof of a building covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Also known as rooftop gardens, these roofs are planted over the existing roof structure to help reduce building temperatures, filter pollution, lessen pressure on sewer systems, and reduce the tendency of metropolitan areas to be significantly warmer than their surroundings. Results indicate that the green roofs are capable of removing 50% of the annual rainfall volume from a roof through retention and evapotranspiration.
- Downspout disconnections: Did you know that each downspout on a house can drain approximately 12 gallons of water per minute during a one-inch rainfall? If managed properly, the water that flows off rooftops can help keep lawns and gardens green while lowering utility bills during spring and summer months. However, most downspouts send rainwater down driveways, sidewalks, and underground pipes that lead to storm drains or sanitary sewer lines. This storm water runoff picks up pollutants from motor oil, lawn chemicals, and pet waste along the way, before entering lakes and streams — untreated. Fortunately, there are many things that property owners can do to put rainwater to good use while reducing the amount of storm water runoff that ends up in local waterways.
- Rain harvesting: A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from downspouts and rooftops for future use watering lawns and gardens when you need it most — during the dry summer months. Using rain barrels is one way to decrease your household’s impact on local waterways and to become a good steward of the local watershed. During the summer months nearly 40 percent of household water is used for lawn and garden maintenance. Using rain barrels potentially helps homeowners lower water bills, while also improving the vitality of plants, flowers, trees, and lawns.
- Rain gardens: Catching water in a rain garden allows it to slowly filter into the ground. This means less rainwater is lost into our storm sewers, which also means there is less flooding and erosion in our streams. What a beautiful way to improve the quality of water in our lakes and streams! Keeping water on site and letting it “perc” into the soil also means more water is available to recharge the water table underground. Rain gardens can absorb 30% more water than the same size area of lawn.
Thoughts for the future
As building codes continue to change, the need to adopt these BMPs becomes more and more a priority to every citizen of every community. With the EPA requiring municipalities to adopt new stricter Water Quality Management Policies, citizens will continue to feel the responsibility to improve water management practices.
Thanks for taking a look at the maintenance services we offer. We know that with any project you do there are many questions you will have and we want to help you every step of the way. Please feel free to contact us for a Free Quote. Someone from our team will get back to you to discuss the particulars of your project. This is a free consultation and we look forward to discussing your project with you.
St Louis Erosion Control Services in the following St. Louis metro areas:
Affton, Arnold, Ballwin, Brentwood, Chesterfield, Clayton, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Eureka, Fenton, Festus, Glencoe, Grover, High Ridge, House Springs, Imperial, Kirkwood, Ladue, Manchester, Maplewood, Maryland Heights, Oakville, Olivette, St Charles, St Louis, St Peters, Town and Country, University City, Valley Park, Webster Groves, Wildwood.