Tag: water erosion

A type of weathering in which surface soil and rock are worn away through the action of glaciers, water, and wind.

Training: When Money Grows on Trees

Training: When Money Grows on Trees

The cartoon on the first page of the article I want to tell you about is all bright colors and happy faces. People sit under a verdant tree picnicking and snatching dollar bills from the tree’s green crown. But turn the page, and you’ll see the grass below the tree

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

Top-Notch Education

Top-Notch Education

Environmental Connection 2014, the world’s largest soil and water event, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. IECA’s annual conference and expo is the premier gathering place for industry professionals alike to learn about best management practices, new technologies and case studies that

Layer Upon Layer

Layer Upon Layer

A landfill waste disposal operation is a two-stage process. The first stage involves the actual depositing of the waste on the workface of the current disposal cell, followed by spreading into relatively thin layers, and compaction to the maximum density possible given the waste’s physical characteristics and available compaction equipment.

Hydroseeding Challenges for all Seasons

Hydroseeding Challenges for all Seasons

When Chesapeake Energy needed hydroseeding work done for a gas pad area in Wetzel County, WV, the energy company called in Central Carolina Seeding, based in Winston-Salem, NC. “It was a slip repair,” says Central Carolina Seeding’s president, Sam Howard. “They had had a massive landslide, and we helped with

Downslope Upgrade

Downslope Upgrade

Clow Road Landfill was an abandoned 35-acre site located north of Houston, TX. It contained discarded building materials and trash, smelled bad, and was an eyesore to the surrounding community. When methane gas, formed naturally from the decaying waste in the underground landfill, began to escape into the air, the

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

Anyone who’s worked with a containerized plant has seen evidence of how strong plant roots can be. Adhering tightly to the soil, roots form a living net of fibers that often require a sharp knife, or ax, to rend. Of course, with any erosion control project, plant materials (especially those

Project Profile: Colleges Bring Innovation to Fort Benning

Project Profile: Colleges Bring Innovation to Fort Benning

Recently the US Army, in an effort to consolidate resources, moved the United States Army Armor School to Fort Benning, GA. The maneuvering of its numerous tracked vehicles, which can weigh as much as 75 tons each, disturbs large areas of vegetation, loosening the soil and exposing it to erosion

Cutting Down the Runoff

Cutting Down the Runoff

“The use of permeable pavers has gone rampant,” says David Hein, an engineer with Applied Research Associates in Toronto. “It’s driven by the stormwater people. There’s been a major effort to deal with stormwater at the source.” While the goal of poured concrete and asphalt is to guide water away

Local Universities Bring Innovation to Fort Benning

Local Universities Bring Innovation to Fort Benning

Recently the US Army, in an effort to consolidate resources, moved the United States Army Armor School to Fort Benning, GA. The maneuvering of its numerous tracked vehicles, which weigh as much as 75 tons each, disturbs large areas of vegetation, loosens the soil, and exposes it to erosion with

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