Tag: erosion control specialist

Erosion control specialist plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.

Project Profile: Stabilizing Steep Slopes After a Flood

Project Profile: Stabilizing Steep Slopes After a Flood

Each year thousands of visitors flock to the scenic Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth, MN. Glacial deposits of sandy, silty soils include just enough clay to barely hold them in place, creating some rugged, captivating vistas. Because many of the slopes exceed the angle of repose, there is always

Members Choose 2011 Board of Directors

IECA’s membership voted to re-elect Julie Etra, MS, CPESC, and Tom Williams, MA, CPESC, to the 2011 board of directors. Joining Etra and Williams on the 2011 board of directors is new board member Beth Chesson, CPESC, CPSWQ. Chesson will begin her term in February alongside fellow board members Julie

The Priority of Plants

The Priority of Plants

Essential for successful onsite soil stabilization for practically any circumstances, vegetation management commonly involves three types of approaches: Physical (mowing, brush clearing) Chemical (the use of herbicides or chemicals to kills weeds or non-native species before replanting with desirable species or to inhibit the growth of certain plants) Biological (releasing

What You Need for Seed

What You Need for Seed

It probably goes without saying: If the site was perfect, it likely wouldn’t need erosion control. Good soil, good drainage, a gentle slope or none, plenty of vegetation-in real life, that’s the “after” photo. No wonder your work is so challenging! It’s often difficult enough to get control measures in

After the Fire

After the Fire

Hydromulching is a common approach to post-fire erosion control. Water, wood fiber mulch, and often a tackifier are combined in a slurry and applied to minimize soil movement. If seeds (and possibly fertilizer) are added to the mix, it is referred to as hydroseeding. Finn Corp. explains that hydroseeding is

Leadership Update

IECA has announced that Board of Directors member Lee Johnson, CPESC, will assume the role of administrative vice president of the Board of Directors. The position of administrative vice president has been vacant since the resignation of Becky Gauthier from the Board of Directors in March of this year.

Johnson, an

The Growing Demand for RECPs

The job sounded simple enough. Matt Patterson and the rest of his crew from the Irving, TX, office of American Civil Constructors were called in to restore the eroding banks of a creek that ran along the property of a large residential estate in the northern section of Dallas. The

Securing Hard-to-Establish Vegetation in a Semiarid Climate

When the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) began reconstruction of a highway drainage channel near Roundup, 35 mi. north of Billings, it needed to design the project to withstand the state’s harsh variations in climate. In Montana’s Big Sky country, extreme topography causes seasonal temperature fluctuations ranging from -40ºF in

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