Tag: vegetation

Vegetation is assemblages of plant species and the ground cover they provide. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora which refers to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global. Primeval redwood forests, coastal mangrove stands, sphagnum bogs, desert soil crusts, roadside weed patches, wheat fields, cultivated gardens and lawns; all are encompassed by the term vegetation.

Project Profile: Gray Combined With Green—Retrofit of Existing Bioretention Facility With High-Flow Bioretention Technology

Project Profile: Gray Combined With Green—Retrofit of Existing Bioretention Facility With High-Flow Bioretention Technology

Surface stormwater treatment practices have a common use in development projects to provide collection and control of contaminants generated from runoff from impervious surfaces. Common surface stormwater treatment practices include wet ponds, grass swales and channels, and bioretention facilities. Grass swales and bioretention facilities rely upon filtration provided by the

Getting a Grip on Sea Level Rise

Getting a Grip on Sea Level Rise

Climate change, sea level rise, failing infrastructure, and challenged ­budgets are a recipe for disaster in the truest sense. However, while the fact of sea level rise is scientifically undisputed, it is a slow-moving disaster. No one will wake up and find Miami or New York suddenly under water. Yet,

Stormwater Irrigation

During recent decades there has been a growing national recognition that shrubs and trees in urban landscapes have both environmental and socioeconomic value. Research has shown that vegetation along streets and parking lots can lower urban temperatures and energy consumption (Halverson and Heisler 1981, Scott et al. 1999); filter, degrade,

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Takeuchi
Takeuchi features their first hybrid dual-powered excavator in its lineup with the TB216H compact excavator. The TB216H features both an electric motor and diesel engine with its own pump group to power the machine’s hydraulics. In diesel mode the machine is powered by a Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine, that offers an

The Right Tool for the Right Job

The Right Tool for the Right Job

Almost everyone has had the experience where frustration with the inefficiency of a tool or machine prompts the request to the universe: “If only someone invented a tool that could do this better I’d be done by now.” In heavy equipment when time is money this is especially true, but

The Technology of Site Clearing

The Technology of Site Clearing

Bill Schafer, VM product manager with Loftness, a manufacturer of attachments for grinders, says the demand for his company’s products, and for material-reduction equipment in general, has been on the rise for several years now. And that demand is only getting stronger today.

No Fly Zone?

No Fly Zone?

At this year’s SWANApalooza, I sat in on a session in which Jay Hatho, the CIO and senior vice president at SCS Engineers, explained that the widespread use of drones in the waste industry is still years away.

Waste management is, however, embracing the benefits of big data, and one

Modern Millstones—Material Reduction

Modern Millstones—Material Reduction

Waste is inevitable in any construction or development project. Whether it’s clearing and grubbing, new construction and building, improvements to infrastructure, or demolition, waste is the deliberate or indirect result of these operations. Clearing and grubbing operations produce large quantities of a homogenous waste (a.k.a. green waste).

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