The STRIPS team designed an infographic (right) and one page description of the measured benefits of prairie strips benefits for soil, water quality, and wildlife, based on the team's experimental research at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.
How long will the prairie strips work? Won't dirt pile up quickly above the prairie strip?
As water moves downslope in a field and encounters the prairie strips, there will be greater resistance to flow and the surface runoff water will slow down. When this water slows, some of the material it is carrying will be deposited. This generally occurs a few feet into the leading edge of the strip or immediately upslope of the strip.
Will prairie strips eliminate erosion completely? Do I still need grass waterways once I plant prairie strips?