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What to Do With the Mud From Montecito

What to Do With the Mud From Montecito

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As you might have seen or read in the past week, the community of Montecito, CA, has experienced catastrophic mudslides following the Thomas Fire. As I write this, 20 people are known to have died, several others are missing, dozens of homes have been completely destroyed, and hundreds more have  … Read More

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Missing the Forest for the Trees

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We generally think of trees as an asset: They help sequester carbon, prevent erosion, retain a significant amount of stormwater in the tree canopy if there are enough of them, and, in urban areas, can help reduce the heat island effect. Besides, they’re pretty; green spaces can even help increase  … 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

Retaining Walls to Overcome Site Limitations

Retaining Walls to Overcome Site Limitations

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Occasionally, a project comes along that pushes beyond the boundary of a typical installation. Several recent projects do just that—an amusement park pedestrian bridge, an elevated entrance drive, and coastal bluff stabilization. All involve components intended to contain subgrade materials and improve the human landscape in aesthetic ways. Each project  … Read More

As Nutritious as Cardboard

As Nutritious as Cardboard

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They might have saved large swaths of Texas from blowing away during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, but today they’re unwelcome tenants—interlopers from another time and place.

Two types of grass, one originally from China and the other from South Africa, are taking over the southeastern part of the  … Read More

Duking It Out in Public and 50 Million Cubic Meters

Duking It Out in Public and 50 Million Cubic Meters

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As we look back on 2017, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Let’s revisit a few more of Erosion Control’s  top posts for the year.

The following blog post was our most commented EC blog.
Duking It Out in Public
Where do you stand on climate change? Is the issue settled? Do you think there are  … Read More

Trouble Down Below

Trouble Down Below

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As if Florida and other coastal states didn’t have enough problems, what with frequent hurricanes, tropical storms, coastal erosion, and flooding, some of them are also being undermined from below.  Earlier this year, a sinkhole caused the evacuation of a Florida neighborhood, a result of the collapse of the underlying  … Read More

Erosion Control Devices

Erosion Control Devices

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No one knows when it happened: some would say perhaps it made no sound, or maybe no one was listening, but something changed in the watershed upstream of several properties in a Noblesville, IN, subdivision. Suddenly, the slope of a streambank in a neighborhood backyard began wasting away.  … Read More

Be Very Afraid

Be Very Afraid

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With wildfires still raging throughout southern California, it might seem strange to concentrate on a completely different kind of natural disaster. But there are some instructive similarities in what we do—or don’t do—when faced with unpleasant possibilities like fires, earthquakes, and floods.

Lucy Jones is a seismologist who has spent  … Read More

Your Credit Rating Just Got More Complicated

Your Credit Rating Just Got More Complicated

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One of the tricky things about sea level rise is that it’s not happening equally in all places. Lots of people picture the world’s oceans as a sort of huge bathtub: If you add water, say from melting polar ice, then the level should go up evenly everywhere, right? But  … Read More

The Groundwater Problem

The Groundwater Problem

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We’ve talked a lot about drought in the US, and although it seems to be lessening in many areas, we’re still drawing heavily on groundwater for irrigation and drinking water supplies—so much so that the ground is subsiding.

We’re not alone, however, and as this article describes, the Middle East—particularly  … Read More

An Ancient Weapon—Literally—Against Erosion

An Ancient Weapon—Literally—Against Erosion

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The indigenous Chamorro people of the Mariana Islands in the South Pacific have a traditional—and deadly—weapon called the slingstone. As described here, the oval-shaped stones were once carved from limestone or basalt or made from fire-hardened clay. Warriors suspended the stones from a sling, sometimes made from coconut fiber, and  … Read More

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

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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



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