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Erosion Control Weekly

Valuing the Coast

Valuing the Coast

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It’s common knowledge that people like to live near the water; close to 40% of the US population lives in or near coastal areas. And as we’ve covered in a number of articles in Erosion Control, coastal erosion—and the techniques to counter it—can be very expensive.

A new report from the  … Read More

Erosion Control at Oil and Gas Sites

Erosion Control at Oil and Gas Sites

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In an effort to expand their businesses, many erosion and sediment control contractors have turned to providing services to the oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing sites. Services can include dust control on unpaved access roads, sediment control, revegetation of disturbed areas, and other measures to protect habitat and  … Read More

Post-Fire Erosion Control: A California Case Study

Post-Fire Erosion Control: A California Case Study

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On August 17, 2013, a hunter’s illegal fire blazed out of control and started what would become the third-largest forest fire in California history. In the end, a quickly mobilized team from Selby’s Soil Erosion Control and a fast-curing bonded fiber matrix (BFM) from Profile Products would stabilize charred slopes and prevent  … Read More

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

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Managing stormwater runoff and the resulting water quality issues is an ongoing challenge for urban communities. While gray infrastructure has been the traditional solution, more and more communities are instead (or in parallel) implementing green infrastructure (e.g., green roofs, bioswales, etc.) to manage their rainwater where it falls. So, what  … Read More

BMP Fundamentals

BMP Fundamentals

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Starting with the first regulations in 1990, stormwater management has rapidly evolved. New technologies, approaches, and regulations regularly hitting the market continue to spur the industry’s growth, and new developments are on the horizon. So where are we today AND are we headed tomorrow?

Join Steven Polk as he kicks off  … Read More

Special Permit Requirements for Erosion Control Projects

Special Permit Requirements for Erosion Control Projects

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Meeting permit requirements is just part of the daily routine most erosion control specialists face on their job sites. When the new construction site is part of a nuclear power plant, however, there is nothing routine about following the extensive regulations and requirements that can be challenging.

The V.C. Summer Nuclear  … Read More

Hydrogeology 101: Groundwater Analysis, Techniques, and Applications

Hydrogeology 101:
Groundwater Analysis, Techniques, and Applications

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Considering that one quarter of all U.S. rainfall becomes groundwater and groundwater represents 90% of our freshwater supplies, being able to accurately analyze your groundwater is essential. Whether you’re conducting groundwater studies for your erosion control projects or looking to bridge the gap (and talk the talk) with your hydrogeologists,  … Read More

The Cost of Fighting Fires

The Cost of Fighting Fires

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As of Monday morning, news outlets are reporting more than 100 wildfires burning in Western states. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California have the worst of it at the moment. The US Forest Service is reportedly spending $100 million a week to battle the fires and will have used up its  … Read More

Pavers Prove Valuable in Stormwater Solutions

Pavers Prove Valuable in Stormwater Solutions

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Unanticipated Stormwater Surprise
At Chuck’s Produce in Vancouver, WA, the family-owned grocery has a mission to provide fine specialty foods—many organically grown—with varieties catering to the most sophisticated epicurean and to the family dinner table. The store’s motto, “You never go wrong doing the right things,” translates to both the products  … Read More

Hydromodification 101: Predicting & Mitigating Stormwater Impacts to Stream Stability

Hydromodification 101: Predicting & Mitigating
Stormwater Impacts to Stream Stability

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According to the U.S. EPA, hydromodification – resulting from land use alteration – is one of the leading sources of impairment in our waterbodies. And if left unmanaged, causes increased channel erosion, sedimentation, planform migration, and baseflow alterations permanently damaging the surrounding environment and infrastructure. How can you predict and  … Read More

Designing Effective Construction Site Sediment Containment Systems

Designing Effective Construction Site Sediment Containment Systems

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In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that construction sites must have sediment containment systems (SCSs) with sufficient volume that can capture the runoff from a 2-year, 24-hour stream event creating 3 inches of precipitation…resulting in 1-inch or approximately 3,600 ft.3/acre of runoff. Unfortunately, 3,600 ft.3/acre only occurs for  … Read More



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