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Erosion Control Weekly

“I Was a Landowner; Now I’m a Refugee”

“I Was a Landowner; Now I’m a Refugee”

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At a seminar in Bangladesh last week, the country’s water resources minister said that erosion of riverbanks displaces about 50,000 people each year in that country, and that, in fact, people who have lost their homes in this way make up 30 to 40% of the country’s homeless population. The  … Read More

Undermined: A Worst-Case Scenario for Abandoned Mining Sites

Undermined: A Worst-Case Scenario for Abandoned Mining Sites

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We’re used to seeing situations where accelerated, manmade erosion is causing a problem: construction sites without the necessary sediment and erosion control measures, say, or streams eroding because of increased runoff from upstream development. We know how to deal with these problems, even if we don’t always get it right.  … 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

Seeding Restoration Sites With Tackifiers, Mulch, and More

Seeding Restoration Sites With Tackifiers, Mulch, and More

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An infamous coal seam fire that had been smoldering for 100 years burst out violently in 2002 to devour the arid Colorado landscape. An inferno dating back, perhaps, to a mine explosion in 1896 that killed 49 miners, the fire that erupted to the surface and tore toward Glenwood Springs  … Read More

Hydroseeding for Mining Sites

Hydroseeding for Mining Sites

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Mining: Overcoming Soil Hurdles
Normand Cossette, president of Irrigation NORCO Inc. based in Quebec, says his company has been working since 1996 on a variety of mining sites located in Fermont (in Quebec) and Wabush and Labrador City (in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador). Each of these mining regions has  … Read More

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

The Evolution of Retaining Walls

The Evolution of Retaining Walls

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November-December 2015 edition of Erosion Control.

Retaining walls have evolved over the past 20 years. The choice of different types of walls for a variety of situations has expanded. ­Knowing the strengths and advantages of each type is a crucial part of any project  … Read More

Improved Technology for Controlling “Fugitive Dust”

Improved Technology for Controlling “Fugitive Dust”

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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.  … Read More

Controlling Sediment Through Perimeter Containment

Controlling Sediment Through Perimeter Containment

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Work on the average construction site disrupts many cubic yards of dirt. All of that disrupted soil poses a big sediment control challenge. Given the unpredictability of storms and rainfall, controlling sediment requires vigilance. It also adds to the cost of construction projects. But if sedimentation is not controlled, the  … Read More

Tracking Tree Canopy (Overall, We’re Losing)

Tracking Tree Canopy (Overall, We’re Losing)

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Last week I wrote about urban trees and how some US cities are recognizing—and helping the public to recognize—their value.

Unfortunately, the global outlook for trees isn’t looking as good. One organization has estimated that since 2000, the world has lost about 6% of its tree cover.

One focus of the organization,  … Read More

Quantifying the Value of Trees

Quantifying the Value of Trees

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What’s the one thing that can increase property values, improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, and cool down city streets? A tree—or better yet, hundreds of them, strategically placed in urban areas.

Several presentations at StormCon last week focused on the role of trees—specifically, how trees in urban settings can mitigate  … Read More

How to Decide if You Should Purchase, Rent, or Lease Compact Equipment

How to Decide if You Should Purchase, Rent, or Lease Compact Equipment

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One major decision contractors must make with compact equipment is whether to purchase, lease, or rent it. The types of jobs that the equipment will be used to perform weigh heavily into that decision.

“Half the skid-steers and track loaders in the industry are purchased flat out with cash,” notes Gregg  … Read More

The Reindeer You Don’t Want to See

The Reindeer You Don’t Want to See

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in a blog for Stormwater magazine about a website that’s predicting how many homes will end up underwater as sea levels rise over the next century. Even if that particular worry isn’t high on your list, here’s another climate-related incident that might give  … Read More



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