The Deep Dirt Farm, founded and directed by Kate Tirion, comprises 34 acres with deep agricultural soils, bisected by an ephemeral stream/wildlife corridor. The farm lies within a folded topography of hills, small sheltered valleys and a broad meadow. A deep gully has diverted flows resulting in needed repair. Working with colleagues from Borderlands Restoration and Cuenca Los Ojos, U.S. Geological Survey scientists explored the question: Can satellite imagery, watershed models, and in-situ data guide riparian gully restoration efforts? Specifically:
How much sediment might we expect for any given rainstorm?
What is the estimated peak flow at the outlet and potential restoration sites?