Watershed and Wallet Friendly Roads

Improving Water Quality While Reducing Road Maintenance Costs

Storm-proofing road systems can have an immediate benefit to the streams and aquatic habitat as well as protect the road surface and reduce annual road maintenance costs. The practices recommended below help ensure that stream habitat is not impacted by human-related road erosion. If storm-proofing treatments are implemented correctly, future storm runoff can cleanse the streams of accumulated coarse and fine sediment rather than deposit fine sediments in areas where it impairs aquatic habitat.