May 19, 2014 11:41
The five women interviewed for this story pretty much agree that despite a few bumps at first, they’ve been treated with respect by their male peers in the business. Of course, they’ve earned it, as a product of their knowledge, hard work and professionalism....
May 19, 2014 11:41
Sumter National Forest was heavily logged forest and farmland before its creation in the 1930s, and has suffered greatly from soil erosion and land degradation. The U.S. Forest Service has spent decades attempting to restore the land, including conducting longterm studies....
May 19, 2014 11:41
Mitered Drain, when used in conjunction with bioswales, maximizes their effectiveness by keeping water on the surface longer, allowing for more complete filtration of contaminants. It helps eliminate standing water in low spots and reduce stagnant water in pipes....
May 19, 2014 11:41
If dirt would just stay put, there’d be no problem. But, as we all know, dirt doesn’t stay put. Once disturbed, the earth’s topsoil tends to wander off and get lost someplace. Wind blows it away, feet and vehicles track it out, and stormwater washes it away....
April 10, 2014 06:26
The job of revegetating disturbed or barren areas is never easy. You’ve got to have the right equipment, the right techniques, the right seed, and, hopefully, the right conditions. When the conditions are less than ideal, that job is made harder by several orders of magnitude....
April 10, 2014 06:26
The alphabet soup that follows many of the experts’ names in this story reflects just how much study they had to put in (as well as the continuing education required to maintain those certifications). Most of them are CPESCs, (certified professional in erosion and sediment control)....
April 10, 2014 06:26
There’s really nothing particularly lovely or beautiful about a pile of rocks or concrete. However, if you step back and imagine these somewhat mundane materials being strategically positioned to shore up riverbanks, support lakebeds or displace energy from overflowing creeks, then you might be able to see the beauty that lies within them....
April 10, 2014 06:26
Retaining Wall Unit: The open core design of the Keystone’s Compac retaining wall unit ensures sufficient fill placement. It reduces overall unit weight, and enhances connection strength with geosynthetics. Fiberglass pins connect and align the system, to provide a secure connection with soil reinforcement materials. ...
April 10, 2014 06:26
The snows came early this year, but I don’t think anyone expected the number or severity of the snowstorms we’ve had so far and, as of this writing, the weather forecasters tell us there’s still more to come....
April 10, 2014 06:26
“Living Shorelines” Gaining Favor: More and more, homeowners, nonprofits and city governments are turning to “living shorelines” to fight erosion. Instead of building traditional bulkheads, they’re building wetlands in front of land they want to protect....

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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