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 still some uncertainties to be cleared up?

Last week I wrote about a recent report on the science behind sea level rise; the authors of that report explain the models and data they’re using to make predictions but acknowledge that some things are still uncertain, and the farther we try look into the future, the hazier things become. Click here to read: Duking It Out in Public

Two more of most read and shared stories from Erosion Control were:

The Role of Erosion Control on the Panama Canal Expansion Project

Every erosion control project is mission critical, but the Panama Canal expansion project, completed in June 2016, is arguably in a class by itself, given the scale of the undertaking and the waterway’s strategic importance to international commerce. The dirt-and-rock slopes created from the dredging of nearly 50 million cubic meters (65,400,000 million cubic yards) of underwater material during the construction had to be stabilized to prevent sediment runoff into the canal and new locks. Failure would lead to environmental violations and a costly cleanup to keep the canal waters clear. Click here to continue reading: The Role of Erosion Control on the Panama Canal Expansion Project

Dirt: The Good and the Bad

Dirt, soil, seed support media: the material goes by lots of names. As kids, we play in it and track it onto our mothers’ clean floors. As erosion control specialists, we sometimes see it as a nuisance that must be contained or glued down. In revegetation projects, growth is the main goal, but the supporting soil is too often ignored.

Regardless of the way you see dirt or soil, its health should be a high-priority consideration for any project. The original state of the soil as well as its condition at the end of the construction phase have a strong impact on the success of a project. Click here to continue reading: Dirt: The Good and the Bad

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