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Similar to a sieve, the willows allow water to flow through but trap the sediment back. Within a year, these structures can trap up to 10cm of sediment. Over time, this increases as the willows become more established and more sediment can be kept back. After 20 to 30 years, the vegetation will have complete cover and sediment erosion is almost completely stopped.

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Jerry Glover, a soil scientist, shows off a perennial wheatgrass plant's long roots, which grow deeper than annual plants' roots, improving soil structure and reducing erosion.

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Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District has painted rain barrel display and auction

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Get help pulling scotch broom and other large weeds by borrowing a WEED WRENCH from the soil and water conservation district

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