From the Publisher
Controlling erosion and managing stormwater are some of the hot topics of these past few years, and they’ll continue to be. Our markets continue to grow, perhaps a little slowly at times, but grow they do.
Thirteen years ago, when we started publishing Soil Erosion and Hydroseeding, the market was much smaller than it is today. As I think back and then move forward to the present, I am pleased to see the growth. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had a lot to do with the growth, as they are charged with the administration of several acts designed to protect the environment.
As the EPA took on a larger role, and Phase II of the NPDES took over, builders of roads, highways and buildings had to follow certain guidelines in order to be in compliance. The EPA began enforcing the requirements to control dust and topsoil from leaving construction sites, as well as the rules of municipal and industrial wastewater discharge. At the same time, they also pushed hard to have contractors comply with BMPs for stormwater management.
Add to this—especially in the last couple of years—new building, in both commercial and residential. It’s no wonder the market is growing. Although still a small niche market, I can see the expansion.
In addition to having to follow all the rules and regulations, there are the challenges of Mother Nature, such as heavy rains, floods, overflowing streams and riverbanks.
So what does it look like for the future? I believe it will be more of the same, only better.
Roadways and highways are in continuous need of repair; parks and commercial properties, as well as residential areas, are growing by leaps and bounds, and the demand for our services is on the rise. It is no surprise that some of the manufacturers that serve our industry have also experienced strong, solid growth.
Over the next few years, research being done at the universities as well as the private sector to develop new techniques and new technologies will make our jobs easier.
However, some of the most exciting products that we’re beginning to employ in our market, like the use of drones, and the Internet of Things, really make for a dazzling future.