- when it occurs in a large scale such as a landslide, it can result in devastation of communities, roads, land and even lead to loss of life.
- Loss of topsoil can render the soil much less fertile for farming.
Three quarters of the cultivated land in B.C. Is considered to have
a high to severe risk of erosion by water; 36 percent of farmland in
the Prairies is at a high to severe risk of wind erosion.
- Habitat loss can negatively affect commercially important species
such as salmon.
- Excess sediment in drinking water can increase the cost and reduce
the effectiveness of water treatment.
- Coarsening and steepening of beaches, caused by shoreline erosion,
makes them less attractive for recreation.
- The effects of erosion degrade the landscape, making it less attractive
from a recreational and aesthetic point of view; this can also affect
the tourism economy.
- Erosion damage to valuable ecosystems such as wetlands and estuaries
reduces their ability to provide important services such as flood control,
water storage and filtration, and protection from storm waves.
- And in many others ways