Soil & Erosion 101
What is the difference between mud, soil, dirt, erosion and sediment?
Mud - wet dirt
Soil - particle with organic and inorganic matter
Sand - large particles, good filter
Silt - medium size, mixed types (loam)
Clay - very small grain size, holds water
Dirt - the stuff of the bottom of your shoe
Erosion - soil that has been undercut
Sediment - deposition of eroded soil
What are the rules when it comes to erosion?
Do I need a permit when I disturb the soil?
- Projects that disturb over 0.50 acre require a permit thru the town
What should I do if I see sediment?
Call the Wake Forest Erosion & Stormwater Hotline at 919-435-9443
- Report the issue with SeeClickFix
My backyard is constantly flooding, eroding, or soggy, what can I do?
While the Town is unable to perform maintenance in private property, there are a number of things homeowners can do to improve backyard stream health and slow down erosion. Resources include:
Understanding the topography and type of soils in your yard. (Turn on the topography layer and the soils layer in the 'Layers' panel located in the bottom right)
Implementing NC Cooperative Extension recommendations for backyard stream health.
Install a rain garden to soak up rain flow and slow down erosion issues.