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Erosion Control Weekly

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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How much time do you spend in the forest? According to an organization that dedicates a lot of effort to studying these things, the average American visits a wooded area—and this can include an urban forest—110 days each year.

Recreation is only a small part of what forests provide, though,  … Read More

How to Define “Public Benefit”?

How to Define “Public Benefit”?

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The drought is far from over, and many California communities are preparing for future water scarcity better than they have before, or at least trying to, by enlarging their reservoirs. But they’re hitting a snag when they try to get state funding for building new dams or otherwise expanding their  … 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

Armoring Against Erosion

Armoring Against Erosion

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It’s easy to assume that with sophisticated computer simulations, wireless monitoring, and engineered materials, we’ve conquered water management, but a look into our past might just dampen this hubris. When it comes to erosion control, everything old (really is) new again.  … Read More

A Million Tons Down

A Million Tons Down

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As milestones go, this is a somewhat disheartening one: A California paper reports that one million tons of debris from the fires last October in the northern part of the state have now been removed. Good that it’s done, of course, but the number just emphasizes the scope of the  … Read More

Should We Leave It Alone?

Should We Leave It Alone?

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It’s tempting, after a disaster of any proportion, to do something immediately to try to fix the situation. In the case of wildfire, revegetating the burned area quickly is often seen as an essential step, especially if the fire occurs just before the rainy season, to prevent erosion, flooding, and—in  … Read More

Seeding for Progress and Restoration

Seeding for Progress and Restoration

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The Palouse region of eastern Washington is known as one of the most fertile expanses of land in the world, with rich topsoil plunging to a depth of 100 feet or more. As Kurt Merg, vegetation ecologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, explains, it is one of  … Read More

The Ongoing Controversy Over Beach Disposal

The Ongoing Controversy Over Beach Disposal

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Last week I wrote about the mudslides in Montecito, CA, and the cleanup effort. Some of the sediment and debris removed from roads and neighborhoods—and there are many tons of it to be removed—is being placed on local beaches. The cleanup continues; Highway 101 is open again as of Sunday,  … Read More

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

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

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

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



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