Tag: erosion control techniques

There are many techniques available for erosion control. During construction, they include mulching, matting, covering with plastic sheeting, silt fences, settling ponds and protective berms. Your local public works department can provide more information on best management practices for erosion control. More permanent controls include installation of vegetation or other slope protection materials and slope re-contouring. Vegetation can be established through seeding, container or bare root planting. Vegetation used in contour wattling and brush layering can also reduce slope lengths, thereby reducing the erosion potential on the slope. The Ecology manual Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control should be referenced for more information on vegetative techniques.

A Promethean Task

A Promethean Task

Ever since the ancient Greek demigod Prometheus scaled the peaks to steal fire from an agitated Zeus, gathering energy for the use of mankind has been fraught with unforeseen consequences. Prometheus got himself into a grave situation. Zeus, in his anger, bound him to a stone where an eagle devoured

Reader Profile: John McCullah

Reader Profile: John McCullah

John McCullah started working with dirt as a landscape contractor after having earned degrees in botany, geology, and forest and range hydrology from Santa Cruz Cabrillo College and Humboldt State University in California. Today, he calls himself a fluvial geomorphologist…and much more. McCullah owns Salix Applied Earthcare in Redding, CA,

Bringing Back the Wetland

Bringing Back the Wetland

“The city of New York has a world-class drinking water treatment system, and it keeps getting better,” says Bill Young of Young Environmental LLC. “What they’ve done is recognize how nature is the best for water purification, so New York City has gone upstate in New York and bought thousands

The Seeds of Stability

The Seeds of Stability

Growth lies at the heart of erosion control. Certainly the most tangible growth in the practice of hydroseeding can be visible in the form of new plant stems rising toward the sun, but creative hydroseeding methods-combining mulches, techniques, and seed mixes for well-timed establishment-reflects development of another kind. Highway construction,

Guest Editorial: Meeting the New Effluent Limit Guidelines

I came across a book entitled The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook on the used bookrack at the secondhand bookstore in my town. I purchased the only copy, immediately recognizing its potential value, and because it was 75 cents. Turns out, it was money well spent. The book details how to

Structural Erosion Control Solutions

Structural Erosion Control Solutions

Nature knows best. This is the premise behind the approach that many contractors have taken on their sites in recent years. It has been a common trend for contractors to use bioengineering techniques or soft-armor erosion control solutions, including erosion control blankets, coir logs, and vegetation alone, to hold soil

Blanket Protection When Water Threatens

Blanket Protection When Water Threatens

It’s usually a smart decision to work with nature when you need to overcome the challenges she presents. When you’re working to revegetate an area, you just can’t always assume nature is willing to work with you. Erosion control blankets and turf reinforcement mats can be the solution in these

The Changing Face of Streambank Stabilization

They call it a river, but Randall Shuey knows better. The Merrimack, as it winds its way through portions of Manchester, NH, might as well be a lake. When it hits Intervale Country Club, a more-than-100-year-old facility, a dam that controls it turns the Merrimack River into what is essentially

Hydroseeding: A Versatile Alternative

As a method of erosion control and aesthetics, hydroseeding is becoming more common in the commercial and municipal sectors, thanks in part to tightening federal restrictions on erosion control. Hydroseeding contractors who service the residential sector are seeing a rise in the number of homeowners opting for hydroseeding, but they

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