A variety of human activities can contribute to siltation, polluting lakes and streams with solidparticulate matter – also known as “dirt.” Some of the most common human contributors to siltation are logging and mining projects, and development or road-building operations. Any one of these activities can clear trees and other vegetation from a stream bank or a slope leading into a body of water. This increases erosion, allowing rain to wash loose soil into the water. The result is siltation.
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