Jan. 13, 2014 03:33

Business Talk

Continuing Education Courses

EC-’14, the International Erosion Control Association’s annual conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 25- 28. Full-day courses and technical sessions for professional development hours (PDHs) and continuing education are offered, including these full-day courses on Tuesday, February 25:

Slope Stability Analysis and Reinforcement Principles; Soil Microbiology and Restoration Ecology; Effective Best of the BMPs; Using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE 2) to Predict Water Erosion and Sediment Deposition Rates on Construction Sites; Innovative Designs for Erosion, Sediment, and Turbidity Control for Linear Construction Projects; Natural Stream Channel Design—Applications and Limitations for Urban and Rural Watersheds; Bio-Remediation and Soft Armor for High-Velocity Urban Channels; Low Impact Development—Solutions for Real Problems; Designing Post-Construction BMPs . . . from the Cradle to the Grave; Can You “Survive” Construction Site Environmental Compliance?

Concrete Slabs Mitigate

Erosion In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ocean Gate, New Jersey, has installed specially-designed concrete slabs 20' to 30' offshore, in order to fight erosion. Located at several points where the beach had been washed away, the 10'-long prisms are designed so that waves pass through the specially-designed triangular slots, reducing their energy before reaching shore.

“The wind and wave action will move sand through these prisms and create beach behind them,” said Borough Mayor Paul Kennedy. “Eventually, over time, you’ll have the beach restored again. Not only do we have our homes to protect, we have our beach to protect.” Kennedy estimates that the project will cost $80,000.

Resembling Jersey barriers with triangular slots cut out, the prisms have been successfully installed in the Annapolis, Maryland and Virginia Beach, Virginia areas.

County Cleans Environment with SOAP

Snohomish County in Washington State recently adopted a Sustainable Operations Action Plan (SOAP) that is designed to reduce environmental impact in all county activities, particularly in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. SOAP establishes a roadmap with goals, measurable objectives and action items to reduce the county’s environmental impact over a five-year period.

“We can’t wait to take action on climate change. SOAP reinforces our commitment to actively address these issues,” said a county executive. “In the past few years, we’ve made great strides in reducing our impact on the environment, but we have more work ahead of us.”

Erosion Wipes Out Vilano Beach

Beach erosion is causing major problems for homeowners in Vilano Beach, Florida. Neighbors who live near A1A and Boating Club Road have blocked off the beach access point and posted signs warning people that there is a steep drop where the beach entrance used to be.

Scott Pacetti woke up one morning to find his walkway had become unhinged. “We’ve never lost the stairs and now we’re finally losing them; this is definitely the worst,” said Pacetti.

Behind Pacetti’s home, there’s a nearly 12-foot drop. He said that Nor’easters created the perfect storm, causing waves to pound on what’s left of the dune that protects his home.

The community is now pleading for county leaders to find a solution to prevent ocean water from causing even more damage. Other neighbors have said that the damage goes on for miles.

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