Source Water Protection Activity Guide

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Low Impact Development: Xeriscaping

Protection Activity: Best Management Practices

Low impact development is an approach to land development (or redevelopment) that incorporates natural features to manage stormwater and protect water quality. Low impact development minimizes runoff by promoting infiltration, evapotranspiration, and collection for use through natural landscape features and fewer impervious surfaces. The result is a functional and visually appealing development that treats stormwater as a resource, not as waste. 

Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping focused on reducing irrigation needs by using native, drought-tolerant plants and other techniques that minimize water use. As a result, xeriscaping can also reduce pollutants—such as pesticides, fertilizers, and contaminants from lawn mowing equipment—that may impact ground water or surface water. 

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