Assessing (and Minimizing) the Environmental Impact of Your Homestead


| 8/22/2019 3:27:00 PM


Soil on Homestead

If you're a homesteader, there's a good chance that one of the things that you love about homesteading is coexistence with nature. Whether you're building your homestead from the ground up or are living on an existing homestead, there are many things you can do to ensure that your homestead has minimal impact on the property where you live. Taking steps to preserve the beauty of your property will help ensure that your property will thrive for decades to come.

Protecting Local Water Resources

Water drainage on your property can affect nearby bodies of water, including creeks, streams and even your well. If these water sources should become polluted, it could affect the safety of you, your family members and your animals. Potentially, you could even taint your crops. You can protect your local water resources by properly managing drain water and waste water, and taking care to avoid chemical runoff. 

Septic Tank & Wastewater

Your home's septic tank has a leach field (also called a drain field) where waste water from the septic tank will be absorbed into the soil. Follow all local codes when installing your septic tank, paying close attention to its placement. Placing your septic tank in the wrong location could lead to waste water or sewage from your home contaminating your soil, which could lead to contaminated runoff entering local bodies of water. You can avoid this by following building codes.  

Pesticides and Fertilizers

If you're using pesticides and fertilizers on your crops or lawn, improper drainage can cause runoff from your fields and grass to pollute your water systems. Read all instructions on chemical treatments, paying close attention to manufacturer's recommendations for ensuring protection of local water systems. 



Control drainage to keep water runoff from affecting your water supply. For example:





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