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....
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....
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....
July 16, 2012 04:11
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....
Sept. 17, 2012 04:08
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, this year has already seen almost 10,000 wildfires in July alone, wreaking havoc on more than 204 million acres. Not that 2012 is exceptional, either. In fact, it’s been relatively calm. By way of contrast, the year....
Jan. 14, 2013 04:05
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that some retaining walls do fail, and there are some specific reasons why they fail. Understanding those reasons can be the difference between building a wall that collapses within a few years, or one that may hold up as sturdily and with as much longevity as the Great Wall of China....
Jan. 13, 2014 03:33
IN FAR TOO MANY AMERICAN CITIES, it’s a common sight: the quickly formed, temporary lakes and rivers that pop up after a good-sized downpour. These “waterways” run alongside urban streets, sometimes engulfing entire lanes, and surprising motorists who go splashing through them....

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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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