Tag: erosion control measures

Erosion controls are used in natural areas, agricultural settings or urban environments. In urban areas erosion controls are often part of stormwater runoff management programs required by local governments. The controls often involve the creation of a physical barrier, such as vegetation or rock, to absorb some of the energy of the wind or water that is causing the erosion. On construction sites they are often implemented in conjunction with sediment controls such as sediment basins and silt fences.

Four Cases Where Cofferdams Work

Four Cases Where Cofferdams Work

Sometimes a project requires keeping sediment out of clean water that needs to remain free-flowing. Sometimes it’s not the sediment that has to be held back, but the water itself, so that work can be done in the temporarily dry space.

Parting the Waters

Parting the Waters

Sometimes a project requires keeping sediment out of clean water that needs to remain free-flowing. Sometimes it’s not the sediment that has to be held back, but the water itself, so that work can be done in the temporarily dry space.

Stopping Dust

Stopping Dust

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

How Trackout and Wheel-Washing Systems Can Improve Profitability

How Trackout and Wheel-Washing Systems Can Improve Profitability

Contractors who use trackout cleanup equipment such as automatic wheel-washing systems merely to comply with environmental site regulations may be taking the wrong approach. Plenty of reasons exist for “taking the high road” and adopting these systems—namely minimizing operating costs, which can allow for more competitive bidding, and maintaining a

An Acre of Algae

An Acre of Algae

It’s not quite as serious as the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that cut off Toledo’s water supply a few years back, but it’s pretty dramatic nonetheless: A pond in Maine has an acre-sized blob of algae beneath its surface, and some local officials are calling the situation an

Beyond Compliance

Beyond Compliance

Contractors who use trackout cleanup equipment such as automatic wheel-washing systems merely to comply with environmental site regulations may be taking the wrong approach. Plenty of reasons exist for “taking the high road” and adopting these systems—namely minimizing operating costs, which can allow for more competitive bidding, and maintaining a

Post-Fire Erosion Control Measures

Post-Fire Erosion Control Measures

In the wild expanses of North America, specialists recognize that fire plays an important role in the forest ecosystem. Sometimes a forest cannot live without it, and often fire can’t be avoided. In fact, certain fire-adapted species of plants require the heat of a wildfire to spur germination. In some cases,

Timing Hydroseeding Applications

Timing Hydroseeding Applications

Timing hydroseeding correctly requires balance and planning. Depending on the time of year, contractors like Brian Young, general manager of Fox Erosion Control & Landscape Inc. based in Clackamas, OR, are either fast approaching or past the seeding windows as set for his region by the Oregon Department of Transportation:

The Deep Roots of Post-Wildfire Restoration

The Deep Roots of Post-Wildfire Restoration

In the wild expanses of North America, specialists recognize that fire plays an important role in the forest ecosystem. Sometimes a forest cannot live without it, and often fire can’t be avoided. In fact, certain fire-adapted species of plants require the heat of a wildfire to spur germination. In some cases,

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