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Keeping Playgrounds Safe With Improved Drainage

Keeping Playgrounds Safe With Improved Drainage

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Improving the Playground

Poor drainage near playground areas can quickly result in problems for the children who want to play there. Standing water draws mosquitoes, and muddy areas are unsightly and sometimes unsafe.

Setex Construction Company of Beaumont, TX, won the contracts to install sidewalks near the playgrounds in three city parks.  … Read More

Agricultural Conservation: Finding Out What Works

Agricultural Conservation: Finding Out What Works

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A survey now underway by the USDA hopes to characterize what’s working and what isn’t in terms of conserving soil, protecting water quality, and preserving habitat on agricultural lands.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is in the first phase of a multi-year project to gather data on what sorts of  … Read More

Airport Flood Control Considerations

Airport Flood Control Considerations

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Think of flood control and the image of a raging river may come to mind. But small floods—from creeks overflowing their banks or urban stormwater runoff in areas that don’t have adequate drainage—also cause problems. Fortunately, there are some effective products that deliver the solutions needed to prevent or control  … Read More

Coir Logs and Wattles for Bank and Shoreline Erosion

Coir Logs and Wattles for Bank and Shoreline Erosion

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Shorefront Protection on Cape Cod

Located near the “elbow” of Cape Cod, the small town of Orleans, MA, is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Cape Cod Bay. It is home to some 6,000 residents.

The property of one of those residents had suffered a  … Read More

Sheet Flow Solutions: Protecting Streams

Sheet Flow Solutions: Protecting Streams

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With development comes an increase in impervious surfaces, which in turns creates more sheet flow runoff and, eventually, an increase in the need for channel repair and stabilization.

“Generally, growth is what drives a lot of what we do,” says Mark Woolbright, Living Walls division manager for Filtrexx International. “The more concrete and asphalt  … Read More

Investing in Technology to Save Water

Investing in Technology to Save Water

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If there is an upside to the drought affecting many parts of the country, it may be that we’re learning how to save water and cut down on fertilizer use in ways that will continue even after the dry spell is over.

This article details some of the products and technologies  … Read More

Designing Erosion Control Solutions for Extreme Storm Events

Designing Erosion Control Solutions for Extreme Storm Events

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Mother Nature has many weapons in her arsenal, and each year we see increases in the intensity and in the frequency of 100-year storm events. And with stronger storms comes an increased need for erosion control protection. Are you and your site ready for the next big one? And how  … Read More

Hydroseeding With Native Seed Mix for Erosion Control

Hydroseeding With Native Seed Mix for Erosion Control

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Native seed mix is increasingly popular in hydroseeding projects.  When native grasses and plants spring up after a successful hydroseeding project, the plants blend in with neighboring vegetation. The success of any erosion control project depends on many factors, including site, budget, and season. In this article we’ll examine two successful projects where native seed mixes were hydroseeded.

Bridge  … Read More

Simplifying Stormwater Detention Design With Precast Concrete & Hydrologic Modeling

Simplifying Stormwater Detention Design With Precast Concrete & Hydrologic Modeling

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Increasingly, stormwater management for buildings and facilities is going underground. Offering smaller footprints, larger stormwater capture, and better flow mitigation, many facilities are looking to incorporate underground precast stormwater detention/retention systems at their sites to meet NPDES MS4 permit and Low Impact Development (LID) requirements while controlling erosion. But…how do  … Read More

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

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Roughly 123 million people in the US live near the coast, and along with critical infrastructure—ports, oil refineries, wastewater treatment plants—there is a tremendous amount of pricey real estate very close to the water. With increasing concern about rising sea levels and greater frequency of severe, Hurricane Sandy-like storms, coastal  … Read More



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