Sept. 19, 2011 04:42
For nearly a week this past June, residents and officials in northern New Mexico watched helplessly as the Las Conchas wildfire-the most severe in state history-engulfed more than five dozen homes, 50 outbuildings and ancient pueblos....
March 19, 2012 04:23
Agapanthus has its defenders, as well. It is a long-lived plant that tolerates hot or cold temperatures, wet or drought conditions, wind, salt, poor soils, moderate-shade, heavy damage and sea immersion of root stalks and seeds. The roots are actually strong enough to keep soil and clay banks together during heavy rainfall....
March 19, 2012 04:23
About two-thirds of Palm Beach County’s beachfront is considered “critically eroded” by Florida beach standards. The county’s original plan called for wave-dampening rock walls called “breakwaters” that would jut out of the ocean parallel to the shore....
March 19, 2012 04:23
With all the buzz about water conservation these days, what’s in the bag or in the slurry is trending towards anything water wise. Where better to begin using drought-tolerant and native plant material than on these projects? And with this in mind, many soil erosion specialists are choosing to go native....
May 21, 2012 04:20
Hugh Hammond Bennett, the ‘father of conservation,’ became a nationally-known pioneer for soil preservation during the Dust Bowl. In 1962, the board of commissioners established Pennsylvania’s 59th conservation district in Clearfield County.....
May 21, 2012 04:20
Using geotextiles for soil erosion and soil stabilization had its origins 35 centuries ago in ancient Egypt, where Pharoah’s slaves were made to lay woven mats of reeds to help stabilize roads and byways....
July 16, 2012 04:11
Native grasses and shrubs have been washed away during repeated flooding in the Lehigh River, due to inadequate rooting. Now conservationists and volunteers are trying again to restore native species to the Sand Island Native Plant Preserve in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania....
July 16, 2012 04:11
ASK AROUND IN WASHINGTON, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, and New York—anyone will tell you that the Chesapeake Bay is in trouble. Its murky, cloudy waters are toxic and threaten the survival of thousands of young fish, crabs and other aquatic life....
Sept. 17, 2012 04:08
Brandon Coppedge knows that concern firsthand—he’s a project manager for Selby’s Soil in Newcastle, California. He’s worked on a number of highway projects for Caltrans. On one particular project, they needed to cut a path into a mountain for a new highway....
Jan. 14, 2013 04:05
Dealing with natural disasters like fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes is an inevitable part of life on earth. When we aren’t battling these often unpredictable occurrences, we’ve got everyday, “normal weather” phenomena, like wind, rain and snow to deal with....

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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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