Category Archives: Erosion & Sediment Control

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What’s the Problem with Groundhogs in Stormwater Facilities?

The purpose of stormwater ponds is to collect polluted stormwater that would otherwise flow into a natural body of water during an event of precipitation.  In order to do this correctly, there needs to be a stable embankment, or dam, … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Prevent Costly Soil Erosion Repairs on Your Property

Soil erosion from stormwater occurs when rainfall displaces and transports soil due the impact of raindrops or the flow of runoff.  Erosion always results in sedimentation, which occurs when runoff flow slows, allowing the loosened soil particles to settle.  Sedimentation … Continue reading

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The EPA has spoken

The EPA has published “Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category; Final Rule” which will dramatically change sediment control throughout the US over the next 4 years.   We are still reviewing, but most  … Continue reading

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The Flocculants are coming!

Maryland just released their draft of a revised erosion and sediment control manual.  Included is the use of flocculants to control erosion and to treat for turbidity.  Turbidity has been pretty much ignored by mainstream sediment control, as it can … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, TVA. Looks like 2009 is going to be a doooozeee for y’all.

We suspect it is only the beginning to the outrage taking place…

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2008 dam failure debacle continues. TVA showing their true colors – the opposite of green.

The dam failure of 2008 is evolving into an environmental debacle.  TVA seems to be showing its true colors – which appear to be the opposite of green.  We have to wonder where the EPA is as TVA permits continuing … Continue reading

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Coolest Soil Erosion in NoVa

Our Stormwater Maintenance inspection crew happened upon this slope erosion in a stormwater management retention facility in Northern Virginia last month: Nothing spectacular….  just another gully…  with some neat autumn foliage…. Until the zoom into the material that was eroding.  … Continue reading

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Ratting out violations

I happened upon this post, that referred to this post. Long and short: the later post advocated citizens running around trying to find and report erosion and sediment control problems in the Atlanta area. Being a legit business person, I … Continue reading

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Living in the past

I spent last year traveling the entire United States (doing workshops on environmentally sensitive “Low Impact Development” stormwater management design), so I think I have some idea of the state of stormwater management in this country. I understand that some … Continue reading

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