May 16, 2017 09:49
BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL, I USEd TO love telling people what my stepdad did for a living. “He’s a photogrammetrist,” I’d say, then enjoy their puzzled expressions. “He makes maps out of aerial photographs,” I’d explain, rolling my eyes. “Everybody knows that....
May 16, 2017 09:49
There are some people who keep using one method to solve every problem they face, because it’s what they know, what they feel comfortable with. There are a couple of sayings that come to mind. We tell them to ‘Think outside the box,’ or that, ‘When all you have is a hammer, all you see are nails....
May 16, 2017 09:49
It was February when the problems started. Just north of Sacramento, nestled among outdoor recreation areas, the Oroville Dam started falling apart. The world’s tallest dam’s main spillway partially collapsed; dam managers started using an emergency spillway that sent water down a bare hillside, which quickly eroded....
March 15, 2017 03:22
In high school, one of my friends got into a really big ‘crafting’ phase. Decorative plates, cute picture frames … if she saw it on a crafting website, it was on her work table that night. During this phase, she swore by Mod Podge, a glue-like substance....
March 15, 2017 03:22
The more extreme the forces pushing or pulling against soil, whether it’s gravity, wind or water, the harder the armoring needs to be. When severe scour from fast-moving water flows are eating away at the sides of a channel, or a very steep slope is in danger of sliding, it’s time to turn to the hard stuff....
March 15, 2017 03:22
In the first song of the broadway smash-hit Hamilton, James Madison describes how a young Alexander Hamilton realizes that opportunity lies just beyond his grasp. “Our man sees his future, drip, dripping down the drain,” says Madison....
Feb. 1, 2017 10:00
BY RUSS SMITH “I needed to be able to adapt between doing small residential yards or a bit of commercial work, and occasionally putting bonded fiber matrix down on some steep hillsides,” Moore said. “I needed a machine that was easy to operate for one person, which could shoot that range of material....
Feb. 1, 2017 10:00
BY MELISSA HIGGINS Photos courtesy: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. If you’re taking on a project that’s guaranteed to move around a lot of dirt, then one permit you’ll need to apply for is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit....
Feb. 1, 2017 10:00
BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO But let’s take that broom out of the closet for a second. It’s an apt analogy, because when a better way of doing something comes along, it sweeps away older, less efficient methods. Similarly, geosynthetics have been almost as gamechanging for the erosion-control field....
Nov. 18, 2016 04:15
A raging wildfire like this one will always lead the news, but not much about the blaze will grab headlines after the firefighters go home. Not many people know what happens after the fire is out, except for government officials and a community of soil erosion and hydroseeding professionals who specialize in post-fire reclamation....

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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