The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District Look For Ways to Improve The Area and Help Prevent Flooding


There has been so much rain in June that there were many areas flooded and there are so many people being blamed for the fall out. It is being asked “would there be the same amount of problems had this rain fallen 40 years ago?” and also whether or not the floods are acts of God or man-made disasters?

There is an argument to be made that the road closures and mudslides were down to the intervention of man because it is humans that are building on so many of the open spaces. A report has shown that there is now a lot less places for the water to go as whereas one time it would have soaked into the soil, the soil is now a housing estate and the water has to look for somewhere else to go.

There is not only the problem of flooding, but also the fact that the water is not getting to areas of ground that needs it and there will be more areas of grassland dying off. There is also no longer enough vegetation to allow the water to be recycled and for that to keep on thriving.

It is being said that while the lawn will capture some of the rain, and certainly it captures a lot more than asphalt does, there are not enough lawns left. Even the lawns are not the savours they once where as it is seen that too many of them have insufficient root systems and soil that has compacted.


But research has shown that this can be fixed and all that needs to be done is for home-owners to take away the grass and plant native flowers. They will take up the water and also absorb fertilizers and other pollutants.

It is most important that homeowners on the waterfront take up on this suggestion. It is recommended that it is plants with deep roots that are most effective and with the increase in flowers there will be wildlife such as frogs and birds.

This is not just a wish of an environmentalist but an idea that can be put into practice. In the area of Maine, the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District is in a position to fund a lot of the project – some figures show that they could provide 75% of what was needed and there is strong support for water quality to be improved.

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