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Erosion Control Weekly

The Power Behind Your Phone

The Power Behind Your Phone

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One of the things essential for enabling much of our current lifestyle—smartphones, laptops, electric cars—is actually a byproduct of long-ago erosion. In the Atacama Desert of Chile, what appears to be a giant salt flat actually represents about 20% of the world’s known supply of lithium, washed down from the  … Read More

How to Make a “Floating Road”

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Robert Barrett of Carthage Mills went on in the late 1970s to join forces with the US Army Corps of Engineers in the development of geotechnical fabrics. From their tests in Mobile, AL, fabrics for architectural designs and construction on soft soils were developed, and a whole new frontier was  … Read More

Surprising Results in Ag Runoff

Surprising Results in Ag Runoff

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It’s well established that nutrients in stormwater runoff—nitrogen and phosphorus—lead to algae blooms, eutrophication, and dead zones in water bodies. Some of the nutrients come from urban runoff, including overfertilization of landscaping. A great deal more of them come from agricultural lands.

Although stormwater from urban areas is generally regulated through  … Read More

Innovative Retaining Wall Design

Innovative Retaining Wall Design

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When is a retaining wall more than a retaining wall? When the retaining wall design both retains earth and serves as a sport rock climbing wall, as is the case at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA.

Lynchburg College’s dual-purpose wall came into being as part of the $12 million renovation and  … Read More

Introduction to RUSLE2

Introduction to RUSLE2

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Do you know your RUSLE2?

Join Terry Toy and David Lightle as they discuss the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) and how you can utilize RUSLE2 to estimate erosion on construction sites based upon the climate, soils, topography, surface cover,
and management practices.

This webinar is scheduled live on Wednesday, February 24th,  … Read More

Timing Hydroseeding Applications

Timing Hydroseeding Applications

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Timing hydroseeding correctly requires balance and planning. Depending on the time of year, contractors like Brian Young, general manager of Fox Erosion Control & Landscape Inc. based in Clackamas, OR, are either fast approaching or past the seeding windows as set for his region by the Oregon Department of Transportation:  … Read More

Beachfront Reinforcement

Beachfront Reinforcement

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The science and the industry of protecting eroding coastlines generate tremendous controversy. Some innovative erosion control methods, and a new spirit of cooperation among local beach protection projects and the Army Corps of Engineers, may be calming the waters.  … Read More

How to Interview to Win Projects

How to Interview to Win Projects

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So you’ve been shortlisted for your dream engineering project or position? Congrats! But…with the herds of applicants, how can you successfully deliver your ideas AND standout from the crowd?

Join returning speaker Dr. David T. Williams as he outlines the secrets to a successful interview – from preparation to answering the  … Read More

Channel Stabilization and Repair Along Streambanks

Channel Stabilization and Repair Along Streambanks

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Channel stabilization and repair along streambanks and other waterways usually calls for the use of a channel lining. Safeguards fall into two major categories—soft and hard.

Soft armor, also referred to as flexible or green techniques, consist of grass or vegetation that is established with the help of erosion control blankets,  … Read More

Village of the Dammed?

Village of the Dammed?

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William Mulholland, the man who oversaw construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, occupies a huge place in the history of water use in California—not all of it good. The aqueduct, completed in 1913, conveyed much-needed water to Los Angeles from Owens Valley, but it virtually ended agricultural production there and  … Read More

Rain Gardens for Erosion Control Projects

Rain Gardens for Erosion Control Projects

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Indiana Streetscapes
In August, Woodruff & Sons in Michigan City, IN, began working on a streetscape project in which the curbs and ­sidewalks are being taken out on Wabash Street in Michigan City and the center median is being reconstructed with trees and landscaping featuring various flowers and plant material.

The project will  … Read More



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