Tag: good soil

The benefits of improving soil structure for the growth of plants, particularly in an agricultural setting include: reduced erosion due to greater soil aggregate strength and decreased overland flow; improved root penetration and access to soil moisture and nutrients; improved emergence of seedlings due to reduced crusting of the surface; and greater water infiltration, retention and availability due to improved porosity.

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

Compact Machines for Erosion Control Projects

Compact Machines for Erosion Control Projects

The small size and light weight of compact machines—track loaders, excavators, and skid steers—make these vehicles ideal for work in limited spaces and sensitive areas that need to be protected from damage. They maneuver along the shores of waterways and beside busy roadways. They access wooded areas. They cross wetlands

Compact Machines and Attachments

Compact Machines and Attachments

The small size and light weight of compact machines—track loaders, excavators, and skid steers—make these vehicles ideal for work in limited spaces and sensitive areas that need to be protected from damage. They maneuver along the shores of waterways and beside busy roadways. They access wooded areas. They cross wetlands

Reader Profile: Lori Belz

Reader Profile: Lori Belz

Lori Belz spends a great deal of her work time along the highways and other roads of Minnesota, trying to gauge the best approach to erosion control. One of the more interesting research projects in which she has been involved was in bioengineering, trying to stabilize slopes along Minnesota highways

Landfill Economics: Getting Down to Business – Part 2

Landfill Economics: Getting Down to Business – Part 2

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the July/August 2005 issue of MSW Management. This series of three articles examines the costs involved in each stage of a generic landfill’s lifetime, shows how to do pro forma statements for profit and loss, and analyzes the tax and financial aspects

Restoring the World’s Largest Freshwater System

Restoring the World’s Largest Freshwater System

When Mother Nature decided enough was enough and signaled an end to the last Ice Age, the huge glacier blanketing what is now Ontario, Canada, with ice nearly 4 1/2 miles thick, began to melt. As the ice retreated to the north it left deep depressions in the land, which

Before the Levee Breaks

Before the Levee Breaks

Just south of Hattiesburg, MS, lies a power plant owned by the South Mississippi EPA (Electric Power Association). The power plant contains a cooling facility, in which water is circulated through the plant in order to reduce the heat from the plant’s operations. Adjacent to the cooling plant is Black

The Real Dirt on the Jersey Shore

The Real Dirt on the Jersey Shore

Proprietors of summer rentals converge on city offices, seeking redress as scourges of jellyfish drift towards the beach, frightening vacationers from seaside resorts. Watermen stand by helplessly, witnessing a shocking decline in their catches in areas that, until recently, were teeming with shellfish. Homeowners recoil at the prospect of venturing

Plant It, Feed It, Sustain It

Revegetation of a site involves a variety of factors. Seed, soil amendments, and soil stabilization products must all work together to fulfill the design plan. Choosing the right ingredients is a challenge for any erosion control specialist. Getting a good stand of grass quickly is great, but not if the

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