Working with and around natural water features

If you're fortunate enough to have a real stream or pond on your property, you have some special responsibilities. It's usually against federal and local laws to modify, pollute, excavate, harass, fold, bend, spindle, or mutilate natural bodies of water and the life in them. Be content with enjoying them as they are.

If a natural waterway has been damaged and you want to restore it (hats off to you!), first check with your local flood control agency to see what regulations apply. You'll probably have to work with numerous agencies, such as the state department of fish and game and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (bet you didn't know they were looking after your little creek!), your local flood control agency as well as biologists and other professionals. Sometimes the government will even help pay for restoration work.

The bottom line is that natural waterways are delicate but complex and deserve the very best of care. Take advantage of your awareness to do the job right.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

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