Tag: soil conservation

Soil conservation is the prevention of soil from erosion or reduced fertility caused by overuse, acidification, salinization or other chemical soil contamination. slash-and-burn and other unsustainable methods of subsistence farming are practiced in some lesser developed areas.

Retaining Walls to Change Land Surfaces

Retaining Walls to Change Land Surfaces

Retaining walls have become the modern-day structures of choice for us to manipulate the surfaces on which we choose to build our lives. From creating more buildable space on a site, to helping stabilize bridges, they are ubiquitous workhorses that are often easily overlooked. But sometimes they take their inspiration

Changing Land Surfaces With Retaining Walls

Changing Land Surfaces With Retaining Walls

Retaining walls have become the modern-day structures of choice for us to manipulate the surfaces on which we choose to build our lives. From creating more buildable space on a site, to helping stabilize bridges, they are ubiquitous workhorses that are often easily overlooked. But sometimes they take their inspiration

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

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

The No-Name Floods of 2015

The No-Name Floods of 2015

In early October 2015, residents along the southern and mid-Atlantic East Coast of the US held their breath as reports on Hurricane Joaquin’s gathering strength—but uncertain landfall destination—created mounting anxiety.

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Cost-Effective Erosion Control With Blankets and Mats – Part 1

Cost-Effective Erosion Control With Blankets and Mats – Part 1

For temporary slope protection or long-term channel reinforcement, erosion control blankets and turf reinforcement mats are finding new uses in diverse environments.

Today’s tough federal and state environmental laws force both public and private developers to be much more careful in developing a construction site than in the past. National Pollutant

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SOIL Fund Project Underway in Africa’s Newest Nation
By Will Mahoney, Jane Wegesa, and Elise Pinners

In 2011, the southern part of Sudan declared independence from Sudan and became the Republic of South Sudan. Since then, the northern part of this new nation has been racked by tribal conflicts. However, the province of Eastern Equatoria

The Measurable Parameters Behind Soil Conservation Methods

The Measurable Parameters Behind Soil Conservation Methods

Before planning and implementing site-specific soil conservation methods, project designers, field specialists, and construction contractors should possess a basic understanding of the soil loss equation and its parameters, which author Linda Robinson explains in “Getting the Upper Hand on Sediment.” Launched as Part 1 (below) in a continuing series, our

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