Tag: soil and water

Soils can process and contain considerable amounts of water. They can take in water, and will keep doing so until they are full, or until the rate at which they can transmit water into and through the pores is exceeded. Some of this water will steadily drain through the soil (via gravity) and end up in the waterways and streams, but much of it will be retained, away from the influence of gravity, for use of plants and other organisms to contribute to land productivity and soil health.

Vacuum Excavators: Preventing Damage

Vacuum Excavators: Preventing Damage

For Jason Proctor, product manager for vacuum excavation for Ditch Witch, contractors who invest in vacuum excavators are buying a sort of insurance policy, one that could even save their businesses. His point is well taken. Vacuum excavators increase the odds that construction crews won’t accidently cut into gas, water, or

Security That Can Happen in a Vacuum

Security That Can Happen in a Vacuum

For Jason Proctor, product manager for vacuum excavation for Ditch Witch, contractors who invest in vacuum excavators are buying a sort of insurance policy, one that could even save their businesses. His point is well taken. Vacuum excavators increase the odds that construction crews won’t accidently cut into gas, water, or

Insights From the Journey

Insights From the Journey

One of the great gifts of writing is the knowledge that one gains from the research necessary to create intelligent composition. My high school English teacher—who also taught Kurt Vonnegut—once told me that there were seven basic plots in literature and not to worry about outlining a wholly original narrative,

USDA Invests $225 Million in Innovative Conservation Partnerships

USDA Invests $225 Million in Innovative Conservation Partnerships

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 88 high-impact projects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding as part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, partners have proposed to contribute up to an additional $500 million to improve

Helping the Fish to Cross the Road

Helping the Fish to Cross the Road

In recent years, efforts to restore fish habitat in the US have gained momentum. It has been recognized that barriers to fish passage have suppressed populations of salmonid fish species such as coho, Chinook, steelhead, and others. These fish are important for many reasons. According to the Wild Salmon Center

How to Clear Contaminants From Water Naturally

How to Clear Contaminants From Water Naturally

The cost of energy isn’t the only expense on the mind of water municipalities. The cost to treat drinking water is increasing as runoff from farmland and lawns pours chemicals, nitrates, phosphates, and synthetic compounds into the supply. When water runoff flows into lakes, streams, ponds, and oceans, it can negatively impact water conditions, affecting fish, livestock,

Editor’s Comments: Seattle on the Horizon

Editor’s Comments: Seattle on the Horizon

Are you familiar with the new ASCE standard for permeable pavements? Do you know how many gallons of water an average tree canopy can hold after a storm? Can you name 10 emerging trends in stormwater management? Do you know where to go during a tornado in downtown Indianapolis?

If you

Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

Are you familiar with the new ASCE standard for permeable pavements? Do you know how many gallons of water an average tree canopy can hold after a storm? Can you name 10 emerging trends in stormwater management?

If you attended StormCon 2016 in Indianapolis last month, you probably have the answers

IECA News

IECA News

Environmental Connection 2017 Ready for Atlanta?
Save the date for EC17!
Environmental Connection 2017 is coming soon and IECA encourages all industry professionals to start making plans to attend the world’s largest soil and water event. EC17 will be held February 21–24, 2017, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Prepare to learn from a

A Low-Cost Coring Platform

A Low-Cost Coring Platform

Soil erosion costs billions of dollars in lost ­agricultural productivity, property destruction, and water pollution each year in the US (USDA 1987). Displaced sediment also reduces channel and ­reservoir storage for flood control. Often, soil erosion is problematic in areas cleared of native ­vegetation for agriculture and development, including the

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