To meet the ever-increasing government regulations, but more importantly to protect the delicate balance of our eco-systems, HA provides conservation engineering services to our clients. Our services provide design of improvements to keep the soil and nutrients where they naturally exist. Natural processes in this area like rain, wind, freeze/thaw cycles, snow melt, etc., are all means for the transportation of soil/sediment from its original location to small ditches, branches, streams, creeks, rivers, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. The nutrients, both naturally occurring and man-made/placed due to agriculture, that are constantly deposited on the soils are transported along with the soil, lead to the eutrophication (define) of water bodies throughout the watershed. That nutrient-rich water is putting strains on eco-systems throughout our country and the world. Read more
Conservation Engineering utilizes permanent practices such as Water and Sediment Control Basins, Ponds, Rock Riffles, Grassed Waterways, etc., along with temporary or less invasive practices such as the use of cover crops, conservation tillage, variable rate nutrient application, forestry management, etc., in an attempt to maximize crop production while minimizing the loss of soil and nutrients. Conservation engineering not only assists the landowner/producer by helping retain their own soils/nutrients, but it also aids the rest of society in several ways. Reducing the transportation of soils/nutrients helps protect the recreational uses of our streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceans, etc. It also protects drinking water sources (surface and groundwater) and minimizes treatment cost which has a positive impact on everyone in the area.