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Water—and Tempers—Rising

Water—and Tempers—Rising

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No one particularly wants to live in a flood zone. But deciding just where that zone lies and how great the risk is has been an ongoing struggle, both for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that creates the nation’s flood maps and for the homeowners who sometimes dispute FEMA’s  … Read More

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Erosion Control magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Erosion Control  … Read More

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

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Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Stopping Nonpoint-Source Pollution
In Columbia, MO, the Public Works Department received a Clean Water Act 319 grant for stormwater improvements to reduce nonpoint-source pollution into the creeks and streams.  … Read More

A Long Dry Spell

A Long Dry Spell

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As of mid-April, one-third of the continental US is considered to be in a state of drought. The area affected is increasing, and various cities and states are considering making their temporary water restrictions permanent—perhaps a sign that we’re starting to consider the drought the new normal.

As this article  … Read More

The Birds, the Bees, and the Lawsuit

The Birds, the Bees, and the Lawsuit

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Two projects in different parts of the country are highlighting the potential conflict between the needs of the people and the needs of wildlife. Both illustrate, in different ways, the tricky juggling act agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers must perform to balance diverse—sometimes incompatible—priorities as they manage  … Read More

Fugitive Dust Control and Road Stabilization

Fugitive Dust Control and Road Stabilization

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Whether fugitive dust comes from mining activities, country roads, open land, or elsewhere, federal governments in North America and in other countries around the world have been tightening their dust control regulations.  … Read More

A Long, Slow Breakup

A Long, Slow Breakup

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The surface of our planet moves in all sorts of ways. Erosion is one cause; landslides, as we’ve recently experienced, are another. Something most of us don’t think about all too often—except for those in seismically active areas—is the movement of the tectonic plates.

The Great Rift Valley runs some  … Read More

Working With Cofferdams and Turbidity Curtains

Working With Cofferdams and Turbidity Curtains

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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  … Read More

Mixing It Up: Intercropping and Soil Health

Mixing It Up: Intercropping and Soil Health

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A teaspoon of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are people on the planet. Chances are, though, the spoonful you take from an agricultural field today will have fewer than that; the microbes representing the populations of some of the largest countries—say, China and India combined—might very well be  … Read More

Hydroseeding—Going Green Fast

Hydroseeding—Going Green Fast

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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  … Read More

Fighting It Out Below Ground

Fighting It Out Below Ground

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There can scarcely be a more loaded subject in the arid Southwest these days than water: who has it, who needs it, and who gets to take it from someone else.

The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association has just published an analysis of the situation in that state. Although it’s specific  … Read More

Another Dam Argument About Water

Another Dam Argument About Water

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What do you do when federal and state goals are at odds over a project within that state? What if the project itself is on federal land, but the work would affect large areas outside federal jurisdiction? Those are questions California and federal officials are arguing now in relation to  … Read More



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