Tag: erosion control

Erosion control is the practice of preventing or controlling wind or water erosion in agriculture, land development, coastal areas, riverbanks and construction. Effective erosion controls are important techniques in preventing water pollution, soil loss, wildlife habitat loss and human property loss.

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can

In Hydroseeding, Weather Matters (A Lot)

In Hydroseeding, Weather Matters (A Lot)

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.

Transforming Landfills Into Resources

Transforming Landfills Into Resources

A landfill can be like a baby: It is helpless to care for itself; while it’s growing, it eats all day; at night when resting, it must be protected from the elements; and it belches constantly. If you’re lucky, it won’t stir up much fuss. If you’re not lucky, the neighbors

Three Minutes With John Deere CEO Sam Allen

Three Minutes With John Deere CEO Sam Allen

John Deere & Company was founded in 1837 with a polished-steel plow. In 1918, the company bought the maker of Waterloo Boy tractors, and the tractor became Deere’s basic product. Nearly 100 years later, John Deere celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2012 with net sales and revenue of more than

“Closed Indefinitely”

“Closed Indefinitely”

A co-worker came into my office this morning to tell me about the trip he almost-but-not-quite took to Big Sur last weekend. Big Sur is a scenic area on California’s central coast, popular with tourists and locals alike. One way to get there is—or at least, was—to take Highway 1.

Tiny, Long-Distance Travelers

Tiny, Long-Distance Travelers

We’ve written in Erosion Control magazine for years about the problem of airborne dust, and even the ways in which distant events—a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert, say—can deposit sediment particles thousands of miles away. A new study shows that the long-distance air-quality problem might be more widespread than previously

A Necessary Support System

A Necessary Support System

Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can

The Slow Dissolve

The Slow Dissolve

The Haber process, a means of converting nitrogen in the atmosphere into ammonia, has, among other things, allowed us to produce commercial fertilizer on a tremendous scale. Developed in the early 1900s, it was a game-changing invention that has been responsible for increases in food production worldwide. In 1900, the

Compact Equipment on Erosion Control Projects

Compact Equipment on Erosion Control Projects

Turning radius on compact equipment is important when erosion control contractors need to get in tight spots such as between buildings or in areas where it’s important to not disturb any more dirt than one must, such as golf courses or developed areas where some of the landscaping is already

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.

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