July 15, 2013 12:00
Over the past six to eight months, they have taken a beating from Mother Nature. From superstorm Sandy to the heavy rain that fell just recently, erosion of these beaches has been massive. Most of us don’t fully understand the herculean job it’s going to take to put these beaches back together again....
May 13, 2013 12:00
and upbeat about the business climate. In the parts of the country where spring has already arrived, business seems to be up from last year. Unfortunately, for those in the Midwest, the Northeast, and some parts of the South, spring is late in coming; however, once the weather breaks, I believe business will pick up....
March 18, 2013 12:00
As keepers of the soil, our industry has always tried to hold contamination at bay—contamination of the soil, contamination of the waterways, and our lakes, stream, and rivers. In a heavy rain event, when rivers and lakes would overflow their banks, we were called in to ‘do our thing,’ and stop the eroding of the banks....
Jan. 14, 2013 12:00
since superstorm Sandy tore through the northeastern part of our country with a vengeance unlike any other in the past. For the short time it was here, it wreaked havoc, and when it was gone, it left destruction that will cost billions of dollars to repair....
July 16, 2012 12:00
Priorities are changing. Areas that weren’t that important a few years ago are now becoming priorities. Controlling stormwater runoff is one that has taken a front-row position. Maybe it’s the strong arm of the EPA, but whatever it is, it will make us more aware of being eco-green sustainable and environmentally compliant....
May 21, 2012 12:00
There seems to be some good vibes in the air; however, I can’t quite put my finger on it. Ever since attending the IECA conference and trade show, I’ve had this feeling that the erosion and stormwater control markets are about to move up a few notches....
March 19, 2012 12:00
I believe that there will be some excellent opportunities for the contractor, as well as the manufacturer and the distributor of these eco-green products. Sales of native plant material and drought-tolerant seed for turf—as well as shrubs—are heading upward; so are organic materials....
Jan. 16, 2012 12:00
When the housing boom started, it set up a pattern for other markets as well. In an effort to keep up with the demand for more housing, raw land was developed. This land was planned out and new roads had to be built. As each builder or developer built larger projects, they had to construct streets and cut pads for new homes....
Nov. 21, 2011 12:00
It seemed like a perfect opportunity to get this country moving again, but alas, it failed miserably. I’m not very politically savvy, but I realized that by handing this stimulus money to the cities and municipalities, very little—if any—was going to filter down to where it would make a difference....
Sept. 19, 2011 12:00
As I read through all the various articles that cross my computer, it’s just dawned on me…where is all the work? Not a day goes by when I don’t see something about this company being fined for a soil erosion violation, or that municipality fined for stormwater contamination....

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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