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Erosion Control Weekly

Duking It Out in Public

Duking It Out in Public

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Where do you stand on climate change? Is the issue settled? Do you think there are still some uncertainties to be cleared up?

Last week I wrote about a recent report on the science behind sea level rise; the authors of that report explain the models and data they’re using to  … 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

What Do We Know, and When Did We Know It?

What Do We Know, and When Did We Know It?

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Those of us who live near the coast (that’s about 39% of the US population) or who in some way depend on products that come from the ocean or are delivered via ports (that’s just about all of us) have a stake in what happens with sea level rise. The  … Read More

Improving the Soil

Improving the Soil

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In revegetation, everything begins with the soil—usually poor soil.

Soils may become degraded during the construction of buildings, roadside projects, or mining or landfill operations, or because of overgrazing or deforestation. They lose their topsoil, usually the top 2- to 8-inch layer of the soil, where the most important nutrients lie.  … Read More

“First Come, First Served, Forever”

“First Come, First Served, Forever”

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When is a river not a river? A new book from journalist David Owen takes a close look at the Colorado River and the complex struggle over the rights to its water. The Colorado, he points out, has become far more than a natural channel with water flowing through it.  … Read More

Case Studies in Tube-Based Sediment Control

Case Studies in Tube-Based Sediment Control

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With traditional sediment control devices like straw wattles and silt fence, a drop-and-go installation style could be disastrous. Proper trenching, staking, and preparation of the BMP-soil interface means the difference between success and failure, which has led many manufacturers of sediment control products to design the next generation of more  … Read More

Deforestation and Floods: A Deadly Combination

Deforestation and Floods: A Deadly Combination

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Last week’s mudslides in Colombia are a grim reminder of what can happen when the earth moves in ways we didn’t expect. Hundreds have died and hundreds more are still missing after heavy rains on Friday, March 31, caused three rivers to overflow their banks. The slides occurred in and  … 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

Something Even Worse Than Coastal Erosion

Something Even Worse Than Coastal Erosion

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We’re used to thinking about the consequences of coastal erosion, and maybe even of sea level rise: things that make the shoreline slowly recede or the water slowly get higher, resulting in problems either way. What we’re not necessarily accustomed to—but perhaps should be thinking about now—is a sudden, dramatic  … Read More

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

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Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Stopping Nonpoint-Source Pollution
In Columbia, MO, the Public Works Department received a Clean Water Act 319 grant for stormwater improvements to reduce nonpoint-source pollution into the creeks and streams.  … Read More

Regulating Animal Feeding Operations: A New Attempt

Regulating Animal Feeding Operations: A New Attempt

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They say optimism is seeing the glass half full. They also say one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. You can decide for yourself whether 35 of the country’s environmental groups are optimistic or crazy, but they’re trying something that  … Read More

In Hydroseeding, Weather Matters (A Lot)

In Hydroseeding, Weather Matters (A Lot)

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Weather can be a hydroseeding contractor’s friend or foe. It can make a job much easier or much more difficult. It played a role in each of the following varied projects done by leading hydroseeding companies across the country.  … Read More

VIDEO: 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

VIDEO: 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.
This year’s overall grade is a D+.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TdPpjevNSE  … Read More



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