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Erosion Control Weekly

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

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We wanted rain, and we’ve got rain. Along with flooding in some parts of California, though, the rain has brought other unexpected consequences. Our trees are falling over.

As reported here, the drought has killed more than a hundred million trees throughout the state and has weakened many more; officials estimate  … Read More

A Hundred Thousand Tons of Cement

A Hundred Thousand Tons of Cement

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I mentioned it about a year ago, and it’s since become possibly the most famous dam in the world—and not in a good way. The Mosul Dam in Iraq is poised to give way, flooding the city of Mosul downstream and threatening its 2 million residents. The problem, in part,  … Read More

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Erosion Control magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Erosion Control  … Read More

Landfill Closure Erosion Control

Landfill Closure Erosion Control

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Capping and closing a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill can be a civil engineering challenge. The goal is to eliminate any need for further erosion control work on the site to ensure that the landfill keeps its structural integrity. True, landfill owners are required to adhere to EPA’s post-closure rules  … Read More

Sediment Control Case Studies

Sediment Control Case Studies

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In performing sediment control, Stacy’s ­Excavating typically uses silt fence, erosion logs, fabric mats, and inlet drain covers for its work. Among the items used are Blocksom and Co. products. The company’s Storm Water Inlet Filter serves as a sediment control solution for sewer inlets during the construction phase; it  … Read More

Essential and Effective Techniques for Controlling Fugitive Dust

Essential and Effective Techniques for Controlling Fugitive Dust

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Years ago, dust was an accepted result of construction, of driving on unpaved roads, and of some industrial activities. In 1970, the Clean Air Act changed that. Three types of particulate matter (less than 10 microns, less than 2½ microns, and lead) were classified as health hazards. State and local  … Read More

Porous Pavers for Temporary Parking

Porous Pavers for Temporary Parking

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Christ Chapel in Fort Worth, TX, is a growing church with expanding space needs: in particular, the need for more parking spaces to accommodate more congregants. During the summer of 2014, Concrete Paver Systems wrapped up a seven-month project that included providing erosion control for a temporary parking lot.  … Read More

Paying Back Over a Lifetime

Paying Back Over a Lifetime

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This post isn’t so much about erosion—the closest I can come is to claim it’s vaguely about sand—but I think there’s an interesting question here nevertheless. An article  published last month in the Economist, commenting on research recently conducted in the Netherlands, discusses the “greenness” of solar panels. Solar energy,  … Read More

Algae Blooms, Eutrophication, and Dead Zones

Algae Blooms, Eutrophication, and Dead Zones

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As we look back on 2016, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Let’s revisit a few more of Erosion Control’s  top posts for the year.

The following blog post was our most read EC blog.
Surprising Results in Ag Runoff
It’s well established that nutrients in stormwater runoff—nitrogen and phosphorus—lead to algae blooms, eutrophication,  … Read More

Are We Losing Time?

Are We Losing Time?

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The winter solstice occurred Wednesday, December 21, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s not as short as it used to be, however. Physicists have long known that the Earth has been spinning more slowly each year, an effect of the gravitational pull of the moon. It’s  … Read More

Permeable Paver Projects Increase Useable Area

Permeable Paver Projects Increase Useable Area

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As the use of green infrastructure becomes more widespread, and more properties need to manage as much stormwater runoff as possible onsite, the use of permeable pavers is increasing—on both new and retrofit projects.  … Read More

Erosion Control Methods for Steep Slopes

Erosion Control Methods for Steep Slopes

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Huge projects like the widening of US 202 in Pennsylvania span several years and several seasons. Stormwater and erosion control is an important part of the planning process, and a variety of soil erosion control devices play a role. Changing topography and limited highway easements sometimes result in steep slopes  … Read More

The Undamming

The Undamming

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We’ve discussed dam removal many times in the magazine and online. In some cases it’s a good idea—because the dam has outlived its usefulness, because it’s old and poses a safety hazard, or perhaps because it wasn’t well planned to begin with. Many dams were constructed without regard to the  … Read More



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