Staying Afloat

| Several events have converged in the last couple of months to make people consider more urgently than before our relationship to the environment. These include Hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as the latest report from climate scientists, warning that we have until 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas pollution if we’re going limit the increase ... READ MORE

FINN Launches New FINNsider Campaign

| Fairfield, Ohio (October 15, 2018) – FINN, a leading provider of erosion control equipment, announced today the launch of a new campaign across various media inviting end-users within the industry to opt-in to be a FINNsider. This new campaign will be launched just prior to the GIE+EXPO, October 17-19, 2018. The campaign will consist of ... READ MORE

Burning Issues

| We’ve talked a lot online and in the magazine about what to do following a wildfire: how to stop the bare soil from moving, how to revegetate quickly, and how to prevent or at least minimize the flooding and landslides that so often follow. Now California—a state that’s repeatedly experienced the “biggest in its history” ... READ MORE

Two Million Tons of Sediment

| Any number of problems are blamed on dams: flooding when they fail, downstream sedimentation when they’re removed, disruption of habitat and fish passage when they simply exist. Recently in the Chesapeake Bay region, officials are blaming one particular dam, and those who control its floodgates, for a trash problem. Heavy rains several weeks ago led ... READ MORE

New Tastes to Save the Soil

| When’s the last time you tried a kedondong berry? As changes to the climate and soils—drought, desertification, and rising temperatures—threaten production of the most common crops, scientists are looking at ways to bring back local or “alternative” crops. Today, about two-thirds of the world’s agricultural output is limited to just four crops: wheat, maize, rice, ... READ MORE

Next Stop: Atlanta

| Thanks to all of you who joined us last week at StormCon in Denver. We’re already looking forward to next year’s conference in Atlanta, GA, which will take place August 18–22, 2019. You can see more information—and the call for speakers coming soon—at In their keynote address, popular returning speaker Dominique Lueckenhoff of EPA ... READ MORE

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

| Every type of construction project—building, road, bridge—involves erosion control. As soon as removal of an existing structure starts or a shovel turns over grass to expose the soil beneath, the need for erosion control begins. ... READ MORE

Monitoring Lake Michigan

| Two brand-new, custom-designed buoys have been placed in Lake Michigan that provide real-time data on air and water temperature, waves, water currents, and wind speed. Those who spend a lot of time on the lake are sure to find this information useful—whether they enjoy boating, surfing, fishing, or sunbathing. Besides recreational benefits, the data about ... READ MORE

American Excelsior Announces New Family TriNet TRM Products

| Arlington, Texas  — American Excelsior is introducing a new product line marketed under the brand TriNet Family of Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs). The initial launch of TriNet products included TriNet Coconut and TriNet Straw/Coconut. These products are designed to directly compete with existing three-netted TRMs that contain a degradable coconut or straw/coconut matrix. The second ... READ MORE

Testing Inlet and Storm Drain Protection Devices

| Urban stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution because it carries pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, trash, debris, and other substances through storm drains and into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. ... READ MORE

Bridging the Gap

| Very few of us are fond of our morning commute. Now imagine if you had to travel many miles out of your way because of a closed bridge—one that’s unlikely to be repaired anytime soon—or an impassable road. That’s the situation facing many people in Mississippi, just one of the many states that has a ... READ MORE