Focus on: Erosion control

May 2008 » Feature Articles
This reference provides an index of relevant associations, events, resources, and articles about erosion control.
CE News Staff
Civil engineers specify erosion control products for a wide range of projects, which is why CE News covers news, product information, and articles about the topic regularly. This reference provides an index of relevant associations, events, resources, and articles about erosion control.

Associations
Erosion Control Technology Council—Promotes use of rolled erosion control products, hydraulic erosion control products, and sediment retention fiber rolls through education and industry leadership; and assists specifying agencies, engineers, designers and others in properly applying products and establishing testing standards.

Geosynthetic Materials Association—Serves as the central resource for information regarding geosynthetics and provides a forum for consistent and accurate information to increase acceptance and promote correct use of geosynthetics.

International Erosion Control Association—The nonprofit, member organization provides education, resource information, and business opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry. Its 3,500 members represent 52 countries and 17 fields of professional practice. Regional chapters operate throughout North America and internationally.

Soil and Water Conservation Society—The nonprofit, scientific and educational organization serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. Its work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on rural and urban land.


Events
Environmental Connection 2009, Feb. 9-12, 2009, in Reno, Nev., combines full-day training courses with topic-focused technical sessions and the largest exposition of erosion control products of its kind. Sessions address slope stabilization, stream restoration, vegetative establishment, stormwater management, wetlands technology, erosion and sediment control, and beach and shoreline stabilization.

StormCon, Aug. 3-7, 2008; in Orlando, Fla., offers six tracks on relevant stormwater topics with more than 140 individual presentations. Conference tracks include BMPs case studies; The construction site and stormwater; Low-impact development; Research and testing of BMPs/Technical issues; Stormwater program management; and Water-quality monitoring.


Resources
CPESC, Inc.—Information and resources supporting the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality, and Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector certification programs.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Quality Institute—The Soil Quality Team, part of the USDA’s Natural Resouces Conservation Service, identifies soil quality research findings and practical technologies that help conserve and improve soil, and enhance farming, ranching, forestry, and gardening enterprises.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Construction & Development Effluent Guidelines project—EPA is developing effluent guidelines for the Construction and Development industry pursuant to a 2006 judicial order. The order calls for EPA to publish a proposed rule by December 2008 and a final rule by December 2009.


Reference index
CE News
publishes articles about erosion control regularly to help readers keep up-to-date on products, applications, and trends. Following is a list of articles published in CE News between Jan. 2006 and April 2008. To access an article online, click on the title below.

Linear park channels stormwater: Reinforced vegetation transforms an eroded channel into a neighborhood park, Brian Baker, April 2008

Protecting construction site water quality: Properly selected and installed products can help reduce the cost of trapping sediment during and after soil-disturbing activities, Greg Northcutt, April 2008

Product Guide: Erosion control, Feb. 2008

Environmental Connection 2008: Orlando hosts the world’s largest soil and water event, International Erosion Control Association, Jan. 2008

An environmental ’burden’ lifted: Combined erosion control technologies eliminate runoff from a quarry stockpile slope, Sarah Willnerd, Nov. 2007

Right-of-way revegetation challenge: Erosion control efforts overcome drought, variable soils, and damaging rainstorms, Sarah Willnerd, June 2007

New & Noteworthy: Erosion control products, April 2007

Banking on natural fibers: Coir and jute erosion control products play a key role in stabilizing a restored stream for a commercial stream mitigation bank, Greg Northcutt, April 2007

Environmental Connection 2007: The world’s largest soil and water event, International Erosion Control Association, Jan. 2007

Sediment control solution: New composite yields efficient and cost-effective alternatives, Steve Stonehouse, Jan. 2007

Saving a critical slope: Creative stabilization keeps Muirfield’s 12th green a tough shot on tour, Paul B. Latshaw and Mark J. Bonifas, P.E., Sept. 2006

Spray solutions: Performance-based classification system simplifies selection of hydraulically applied erosion control materials, Frank J. Lauro, P.E.; and Marc S. Theisen, M.S., CPESC, Aug. 2006

Education and enforcement: Roundtable participants offer their perspectives on implementing erosion and sediment control, Bob Drake, June 2006

New & Noteworthy: Erosion control products, April 2006

Protection from waves, waterfowl, and feet: Coir fibers add natural strength and durability to lakeshore stabilization project, Greg Northcutt, Feb. 2006

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