May 16, 2011 04:52

From the Publisher

As I watched the power of the tsunami while it rolled over parts of Japan, it hit me how strong the forces of Mother Nature really are. We saw the effects of the tsunami that hit Indonesia last year and the damage it brought, but watching this one as it made its way across parts of Japan was in some terrible way fascinating to watch. I was stunned to see the devastation it left behind.

Recently, I was reading about the Red River in North Dakota cresting and how high schools in that area closed for one day so its students could fill sand bags to protect the town. Watching Mother Nature wreak its havoc, I came to realize that even without humans contribution, the contamination, pollution and loss of top soil was mind boggling. Now add in the human factor, and the amount of contamination could be overwhelming.

Sediment control and stormwater control are essential in order keep our rivers, lakes, and streams clean—that is where our industry comes in. Manufacturers and suppliers keep developing new products to help us do a more effective job in controlling the contamination.

Unfortunately, many states and municipalities have not updated theircodes. Theirrequirements orspecifications forsome projects do not include the newerinnovations. Not only does this hamper new development, but sometimes we’re not getting as effective control as we could if we were able to use those new products. Somewhere along the line, we need to speed up this process.

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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