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September 15th, 2016

How Can You Reduce Land Degradation in Connecticut?


Land-Degradation-in-Connecticut?Man's abusive behavior over the last 150 years has caused tremendous damage to the earth's topsoil resulting in vast land degradation such as erosion, deforestation, waterlogging and a decline in soil fertility. Land degradation has become a critical global issue because of its harmful effects on agronomic productivity, the ecosystem, as well as its impact on food security along with the quality of everyday life.

Land degradation is any kind of alternation in the overall condition of the soil which decreases its actual productive capabilities. It is primarily caused by a number of human-induced operations acting against the land, which includes quarrying, overpopulation, intense farming, land clearing and rural to urban migration.

Eliminating land degradation is a complex and long-term process that requires the participation of every human being. However, anyone can contribute to reducing land degradation by performing or following simple methods indicated below.


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The Top 5 Ways to Reduce Land Degradation in Connecticut

1. Gardening

Planting vegetation and grass can stop heavy rains from damaging our land and it protects the topsoil from being washed away.

2. Afforestation and Reforestation

Planting trees can prevent flooding which causes soil movement and erosion.

3. Conservation Tillage

Avoid stripping a whole field uncovered because it can cause harmful effect on the soil. Leaving a few vegetation or grass can keep the soil at bay.

4. Constructing Wind Breakers

Fences, bushes, hedges and trees can prevent gusty winds from damaging our soil.

5. Using Fertilizers

Applying fertilizers and compost can make the soil healthy and more resistant to soil erosion.

 

Responsible Industrial and Chemical Waste Management

Proper disposal of industrial byproducts and chemical waste can insure the safety and sustainability of our land.

Preventing and reducing land degradation has become an important task in the protection of our environment. Civil Engineering Firm Godfrey-Hoffman & Hodge in Connecticut has made a firm stand against land degradation and is providing clients with Sustainability engineering services to safeguard the availability of our environment for the future generation.

Key Takeaway:

  • Land degradation is any kind of alternation in the overall condition of the soil which decreases its actual productive capabilities. 

  • Land degradation is caused by a number of human-induced operations acting against the land, which includes quarrying, overpopulation, intense farming, land clearing and rural to urban migration. 

  • Suggested methods in reducing land degradation include the following: Gardening, Conservation Tillage, Using Fertilizers, Afforestation and Reforestation, Constructing Wind Breakers and Responsible Industrial and Chemical Waste Management.

     

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About Adam Hoffman

Hoffman began his surveying career back in 1978 when he worked for his uncle, Bernard Godfrey. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College, he worked his way from rod-man to transit-man and eventually party-chief. In 1988 when Adam received his Land Surveying license, he and Mr. Godfrey formed Godfrey-Hoffman Associates. After 12 years of a great partnership, Mr. Godfrey retired which left Mr. Hoffman with the entire business.

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