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

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

Seeding for Progress and Restoration

| 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 the best wheat growing regions on the planet. He notes that the abundance of soil resulted from Pleistocene winds, which carried fine particulates north and east into what is now eastern Washington from what is now Oregon, eventually accumulating in dune-like hills. Precipitation arrives on these hills mostly in winter, with annual totals approximately doubling (14 to 30 inches) from the western to eastern margins of the region, respectively. Much of this water is captured in the deep Palouse soils. Less than 1% of Palouse Prairie remains, making it one of the most imperiled habitats on Earth. Most of the Palouse is now devoted to cultivation of row crops, especially wheat. ... 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

Viva La Fiesta (The Mylar, Not So Much)

| In Santa Barbara, where Erosion Control’s offices are located, we have an annual tradition called Fiesta—also known as Old Spanish Days—involving a parade and a week’s worth of music, arts and crafts shows, food, and tours of the Santa Barbara Mission and other historic buildings. One of the popular trappings of Fiesta, which took place ... 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

Post-Fire Erosion Control Methods

| In total, the North Bay fires of 2017 burned about 40,000 acres. The southern California fires were even larger, totaling 1 million acres. The fires burned a wide variety of landscapes, including whole neighborhoods in flat, urbanized areas. Unlike rural areas, these areas are served by urban infrastructure, including storm drain systems, which tie into natural waterways such as creeks, rivers, bays, and oceans. As part of the engineering community, we observed that the potential for mobilization of ash from burned lots posed a major challenge for communities recovering from urban fires. This article is intended for professionals interested in erosion control and water-quality issues in post-fire areas. ... READ MORE

Saving It Up for a Rainy Day

| With many states in the Southwest facing prolonged drought, the question of who has access to water—when and how much of it—is heating up. Arizona, which ranks lowest in priority among several states for obtaining water from the Colorado River, initially agreed to cut a third of its annual use, amounting to about 320,000 acre-feet. ... READ MORE

Erosion Control Devices

| 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

ECA Executive Director Recognized with Zerosion Control Award

| Denver, CO – The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) executive director, Sharan Wilson, was the recipient of the November Zerosion award and was recognized as a finalist in the Zerosion Professional of the Year award. The Zerosion Awards, put on by the BPS Group in Granada, Spain raises awareness of the need to ... READ MORE