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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

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

Blame the Vikings

Blame the Vikings

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about loss of vegetation worldwide as measured by satellites, and some time before that about global loss of tree canopy. There have been many attempts at planting, or replanting, trees around the world, sometimes in areas where logging or cutting down trees for  … Read More

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

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The rolling landscape of Scott County, MN, is rural but not particularly remote. “That area is farm country, and the Minnesota River goes through the entire area. On the top of the bluffs it’s farmland, but at the river, the elevation drops about 200 feet in 800 feet,” says Paul  … Read More

The StormCon 2018 Call for Papers Is Open

The StormCon 2018 Call for Papers Is Open

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StormCon, the conference dedicated exclusively to stormwater, is now accepting abstracts for 2018. The conference will take place in Denver, CO, August 11–16, 2018. The deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

We’re seeking presentations in six conference tracks, described below. Based on feedback from those of you  … 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

The Naked and the Dead

The Naked and the Dead

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It’s hard to escape observation by satellites, and tough to argue with the data they present, some of which would be nearly impossible to gather accurately from here on the ground. Using NASA satellite imagery, scientists at the University of Maryland have been tracking the total amount of vegetation—or lack  … Read More

Case Studies in Tube-Based Sediment Control

Case Studies in Tube-Based Sediment Control

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With traditional sediment control devices like straw wattles and silt fence, a drop-and-go installation style could be disastrous. Proper trenching, staking, and preparation of the BMP-soil interface means the difference between success and failure, which has led many manufacturers of sediment control products to design the next generation of more  … Read More

Embracing Invasive Species

Embracing Invasive Species

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We’ve talked a lot on this website and in Erosion Control magazine about invasive species, from kudzu to the salt cedar beetle. Sometimes non-native species are introduced into an ecosystem deliberately: as ornamental plants, or vegetation used to shore up eroding hillsides, or animals and insects used as biological controls  … Read More

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

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Engineered soil: it sounds like a new concept, but one historical record notes it is more than 1,000 years old. In the sixth century AD, a group of ascetic monks left the lush, green mainland of Ireland seeking a new, remote environment to practice their dedication and humility. Braving the  … Read More

Seeding Restoration Sites With Tackifiers, Mulch, and More

Seeding Restoration Sites With Tackifiers, Mulch, and More

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An infamous coal seam fire that had been smoldering for 100 years burst out violently in 2002 to devour the arid Colorado landscape. An inferno dating back, perhaps, to a mine explosion in 1896 that killed 49 miners, the fire that erupted to the surface and tore toward Glenwood Springs  … 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



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