Sept. 19, 2011 04:42

From the Publisher

What happened to all the work?

As I read through all the various articles that cross my computer, it’s just dawned on me…where is all the work? Not a day goes by when I don’t see something about this company being fined for a soil erosion violation, or that municipality fined for stormwater contamination. Over the past number of years, it seems that the EPA has been quite aggressive in going after municipalities and states that are in violation. Those fines seem to be quite substantial.

I’ve watched the coverage of the recent fires, especially in the Southwest, that have devastated more than a half million acres.

Although much of this acreage is in forests, many structures were also destroyed.

Still, even though it has slowed down to a crawl, there is some building of new homes going on. What seems to be picking up a little speed is the building of multiple units. Surely, there needs to be some work out there putting in silt fences, or putting down straw wattles on the property to contain stormwater runoff.

Every one of the areas cited above requires some action. Action that can and does impact our market. If a company is fined for a violation in controlling soil erosion or stormwater runoff on their property, it seems to me that they would have to take action to correct that violation. That would make some work for a soil erosion contractor.

If a municipality has been fined and agreed to repair or replace stormwater drains, pipes, etc., they would have to put the project out to bid, and there would be work to do.

And what about the denuded areas that lie in the aftermath of the fires? Surely, in the areas that are near communities and residences, action needs to be taken so that when the rains come, new plant growth can hold some of the soil from running down.

It would seem to me, with this activity, that we should be seeing more work out there than we do.

So, where is the work?

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