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Margaret Buranen

Margaret Buranen writes on the environment and business.

Articles by Margaret Buranen

Every Job and Every Day Are Different

Soil

Every Job and Every Day Are Different

The hydroseeding machine and the crew may be the same as last month or last year, but every job is different. Each project has its own variables—tricky slopes, tight timelines, rain that just won’t quit, and more. Finding the right combination of seeds, mulch, and other ingredients so that soil

Working With Cofferdams and Turbidity Curtains

Soil

Working With Cofferdams and Turbidity Curtains

Cofferdams and turbidity curtains may be neither high tech in performance nor especially exciting in appearance. If they’re made carefully and function the way they are supposed to, they seem, in fact, rather routine. But the work that they make possible is far from routine. They make possible high-tech projects

Hydroseeding—Going Green Fast

Soil

Hydroseeding—Going Green Fast

The job specifications called for rolled erosion control products. But there had been lots of rain, with more forecast. The predicted weather allowed only one day for doing the job. And at the bottom of the steep slope was a creek. Any sediment that got into that creek would pollute

Essentials for Working in Water

Soil

Essentials for Working in Water

Cofferdams and turbidity curtains may be neither high tech in performance nor especially exciting in appearance. If they’re made carefully and function the way they are supposed to, they seem, in fact, rather routine. But the work that they make possible is far from routine. They make possible high-tech projects

Fast Green

Soil

Fast Green

The job specifications called for rolled erosion control products. But there had been lots of rain, with more forecast. The predicted weather allowed only one day for doing the job. And at the bottom of the steep slope was a creek. Any sediment that got into that creek would pollute