Tag: sand bags

A sandbag is a bag or sack made of hessian (burlap), polypropylene or other sturdy materials that is filled with sand or soil and used for such purposes as flood control, military fortification, shielding glass windows in war zones, ballast, and in other applications requiring mobile fortification.

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.

They’re So Unusual

They’re So Unusual

A drone flies through the air capturing data from a construction project. A directional drilling system that looks like a large version of the “Transformer” toy is helping contractors make and break joints for pipes. A compressed air canon is launching nails on a job site. A machine is doing

Minimizing Sediment Discharges From Landfill Projects

Minimizing Sediment Discharges From Landfill Projects

Removal of suspended particles in runoff happens when one of two conditions occurs: reduced flow velocities or filtered runoff. The former can occur by changing a slope gradient, increasing surface roughness, or containing runoff waters. The latter requires a medium through which runoff can flow to capture suspended particles. Both

Clearing a Pond With Living Logs and Bacterial Enzymes

Clearing a Pond With Living Logs and Bacterial Enzymes

Rescuing a Pond in Indy
A homeowner in Indianapolis has a small pond, about an acre in size, on his property, used for swimming and fishing. But he was having a number of issues with the pond.

The outfall had been severely damaged, erosion was occurring on the banks, and the water

Protection at the Water’s Edge

Protection at the Water’s Edge

Located near the “elbow” of Cape Cod, the small town of Orleans, MA, is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Cape Cod Bay. It is home to some 6,000 residents.

The property of one of those residents had suffered a substantial streambank collapse, and

Control Flooding, Curb Erosion

Control Flooding, Curb Erosion

Think of flood control and the image of a raging river may come to mind. But small floods—from creeks overflowing their banks or urban stormwater runoff in areas that don’t have adequate drainage—also cause problems. Fortunately, there are some effective products that deliver the solutions needed to prevent or control

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

In Part 2 of a 4-part series on retaining wall designs, author Carol Brzozowski illustrates two examples where encroaching wave erosion threatens two families’ cherished shoreline residences. In each, Brzozowski describes how site-specific projects can incorporate the effectiveness of large retaining wall blocks as they are linked naturally into shoreline-shaped

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

In Part Two of a four-part series on retaining wall designs, author Carol Brzozowski illustrates two examples where encroaching wave erosion threatens two families’ cherished shoreline residences. In each, Brzozowski describes how site-specific projects can incorporate the effectiveness of large retaining wall blocks as they are linked naturally into shoreline-shaped

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

These days, retaining walls are not only doing the job of keeping water and soil at bay and shoring up slopes and hillsides, but also are providing aesthetic value while doing so. Erosion control specialists throughout North America are choosing walls that serve multiple purposes and can be installed quickly.

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