Tag: organic soil

Soil organic matter (SOM) is the organic matter component of soil, consisting of plant and animal residues at various stages of decomposition, cells and tissues of soil organisms, and substances synthesized by soil organisms.

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

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

Soil Solutions

Soil Solutions

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

The Science of Seeds

The Science of Seeds

Remember how 10 blindfolded people in a room each describe the elephant from their own perspective? The same might be said of soil—the stuff we interchangeably refer to as ground, dirt, or surface covering. Eric C. Brevik, a professor of soil science at Dickinson State University in North Dakota, illustrates

Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), uses a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and heat for onsite uses. Trigeneration, or combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP), is the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heating and cooling as a result of the combustion of fuel or

This Lawsuit Could Happen to You

This Lawsuit Could Happen to You

A recent news item highlights once again the dangers much of our stormwater infrastructure can present—and the responsibility we have to protect people from it and, sometimes, from themselves.

A family in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against Radnor Township for injuries their son suffered five years ago as a

The StormCon 2017 Call for Papers Is Open

The StormCon 2017 Call for Papers Is Open

StormCon, the only North American event dedicated exclusively to stormwater, is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference. The deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

StormCon will take place in Seattle, WA, August 27–31, 2017. The conference venue, the Meydenbauer Center, is actually located in Bellevue,

Call for Speakers: WasteExpo’s 2017 Composting & Organics Recycling Conference and Food Recovery Forum

Call for Speakers: WasteExpo’s 2017 Composting & Organics Recycling Conference and Food Recovery Forum

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts today. By speaking at WasteExpo, you’ll receive complimentary registration to attend the full conference and exhibit hall. This includes unlimited networking opportunities with 13,000 attendees and 600+ exhibitors from every sector of the industry.

PLUS, you’ll receive recognition among your colleagues, the industry and

How to Ask for Money

How to Ask for Money

If you look at the headlines from across a smattering of local news outlets in almost any given week, you’ll probably find something about stormwater fees. Often, the story is from a small city or town that is just considering a stormwater utility or fee for the first time, and

Beyond Kudzu: Can Non-Native Species Benefit an Ecosystem?

Beyond Kudzu: Can Non-Native Species Benefit an Ecosystem?

If you’ve worked on a project that calls for revegetation using native seeds, or if you’ve ever dealt with an area that’s overrun with an invasive species like the tenacious kudzu vine—considered a noxious weed in the US—you likely have an opinion about the introduction of non-native species to an

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