Soil

Soil Erosion

Beyond Kudzu: Can Non-Native Species Benefit an Ecosystem?

Beyond Kudzu: Can Non-Native Species Benefit an Ecosystem?

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If you’ve worked on a project that calls for revegetation using native seeds, or if you’ve ever dealt with an area that’s overrun with an invasive species like the tenacious kudzu vine—considered a noxious weed in the US—you likely have an opinion about the introduction of non-native species to an  … Read More

Afforestation: Plant a Tree

Afforestation: Plant a Tree

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All of us have seen at some point the destruction caused by widespread deforestation: accelerated erosion, landslides, and, too often, financial hardship for the people living right on the slippery edge of their countries’ economies. In Haiti, for example, about 98% of the forests have been lost, first to farming  … Read More

“Some of These Areas Are Cancerous”

“Some of These Areas Are Cancerous”

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It’s easy for us to paint agricultural runoff as the culprit for many surface water ills, particularly excess nutrients, algae blooms, and dead zones like the one in the Gulf of Mexico. Lack of regulation on ag operations, and the voluntary nature of the conservation programs that do exist, leave  … Read More

Solving Dust and Erosion Problems

Solving Dust and Erosion Problems

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Dust—it’s everywhere, and seems to accumulate literally from thin air. It seems harmless but it is anything but that. Dramatic photos that captured the devastation of the central plains Dust Bowl of the Great Depression are compelling evidence of how dry, vulnerable soil, transported by wind, transforms the landscape.

While we  … Read More

Using Software for Successful Project Design (Free Webinar)

Using Software for Successful Project Design (Free Webinar)

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From drones to project software, technology has infiltrated construction and erosion/sediment control, maximizing our efficiency, and improving project success. The greatest impact? Coupling this new technology with field-tested fundamentals of revegetation and erosion control.

Join Matthew Welch, CESSWI to explore the latest in project design software; its parameters, calculations, and applications;  … Read More

8,000 Swimming Pools Worth of Dirt

8,000 Swimming Pools Worth of Dirt

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Among the many problems still facing the region around the Fukushima nuclear power plant is what to do with 700 million cubic feet of radioactive soil. For the moment, it’s sitting in abandoned local fields, packed into black plastic bags.

Unfortunately, floods last year washed away some 700 of the bags,  … Read More


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