July 18, 2015 09:31

Montana Contractors Go Back to School

In Bozeman, Montana, Scott Olson of Altitude Training Associates recently gave a demonstration of soil erosion techniques. A group of local contractors, inspectors, and construction crews looked on as he put down an erosion control blanket, constructed a dirt berm, and set up a silt fence. He simulated rain with a hose, and showed how the water pooled in front of the berm and the fence.

This was all part of an effort by the city to improve water quality by educating and encouraging cooperation, rather than simply fining building sites. Kyle Mehrens, stormwater program coordinator for the city, knows how much soil erosion affects the city. Bozeman needs to reduce its sediment output by 37% to meet state standards.


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