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Janis Keating

Janis Keating is a frequent contributor to Forester Media, Inc. publications.

Articles by Janis Keating

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 1

Soil

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 1

Despite all the work done by earthmoving equipment, each year wind and rain move much more soil than man could ever hope to shovel. And because soil is a finite commodity, one has to hold on to as much of it as possible.

Plantings aid in this quest; the roots of

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 3

Soil

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 3

According to an abstract published by the Cognis Corporation of Cincinnati, OH, and Duesseldorf, Germany, the company’s Terra-Control Soil Stabilizer, a polyvinyl acetate-based formulation, forms a three-dimensional membrane structure that holds seeds and soil in place while allowing water and oxygen penetration (see the article “Environmentally Favorable Erosion Control With

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 2

Soil

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 2

From its offices in North Andover, MA, chemical giant Rohm and Haas Company supplies the industry with PaveCryl Suppress, a product that offers dust suppression and road stabilization. According to the company, the vinyl/acrylic emulsion provides optimum penetration and bonding when applied to fine or granular materials such as soil

Silt Stalkings

Daily News

Silt Stalkings

With construction’s high cost of equipment, fuel, and labor, it’s too bad we can’t harness the power of water. It often seems that nothing can move soil faster than a good rain-unfortunately, not necessarily to the places you want it to go. Therefore, soil and sediment must be captured and

No Longer a Pipe Dream

Water

No Longer a Pipe Dream

A pipe’s age, along with normal wear and tear, can cause systems to break down. During the winter of 2013–14, record cold temperatures across much of the nation also caused pipe failures, often in water mains. At such times especially, it’s important to fix the problem quickly–not only to resume

No Outlets for Trash

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No Outlets for Trash

Removing sediment and trash from stormwater and, eventually, from natural waters can often be a challenge. The best first step in this task is to catch the unwanted items before they get to any water source-and there are a variety of inlet protection devices to do the job. Keeping Adobe

Sprouting BMPs

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Sprouting BMPs

Vegetation is often the BMP best suited for curbing erosion; however, not every site contains the best soil, which is crucial for quick seed germination and plant growth. Choosing the right seed can often solve such problems. Plants that tolerate salt are perfect for marshes that take ocean backflows, and

Pipe Systems and Pipe Rehabilitation

Water

Pipe Systems and Pipe Rehabilitation

Piping systems have existed for millennia; ancient Crete made its from terra cotta, a material that’s still used today. When the Romans discovered how to refine lead, the element was employed in piping systems. (The word plumber derives from the Latin term for lead: plumbum .) Later, manufacturing discoveries added

Changing the Lay of the Land

Soil

Changing the Lay of the Land

Even in the Great Plains, very few sites are perfectly flat and level, so a certain amount of excavation is needed to make them “build-ready.” In addition, any improvements might leave a site less flat-think of the valleys and hillsides often created by highway interchanges. Yet, one has to build

The Drain Game

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The Drain Game

It’s somewhat ironic: When one’s trying to remove soil from an object, it often requires surfactants, manual labor, and copious amounts of water. Yet, when loose soil is struck by rain, it hitches a ride and quickly follows the runoff wherever it may go. Hence the importance of capturing soil