Erosion and Sediment Control
What Is the Environmental Legacy of Your Erosion Control and Soil Building Technologies?
The ultimate key to Erosion Control is establishing sustainable vegetation. In today’s age of instant gratification, we often do not take the time to solve site issues and consider the long-term effects of the choices that we make.
The following things are required to establish sustainable vegetation; proper soil health, proper ground preparation, choosing the appropriate BMPs, choosing the proper seed mix/plant materials, meeting the plant fertility needs, and additional help from rainfall or irrigation. In some cases specifications and installations fall short of meeting all of these needs entirely with the main goal of establishing a vegetative cover in as short of a time frame as possible. In some cases due to past failures, the industry is seeing trends toward sod and even synthetic turf products. It is true that once installed, these products immediately provide protection from Erosion and other elements, but are these truly sustainable solutions? How do these choices impact our environment? Do these solutions even make sense from a cost standpoint? Do we understand the carbon footprint of the choices that we make?
During the process of land development and/or reclamation, it is our responsibility to respect all aspects of the environment. Not only do we need to establish sustainable vegetations to protect our lands and bodies of water, but we also must be aware of what we leave behind as a result. All technologies within our industry carry of list of positive and negative attributes determined by their application and capabilities. Keep in mind that proper usage of BMPs must be specified and applied in a way that is safe for the environment. As a community and stewards of the environment we must strive to better understand the technical limits of erosion control technologies.
In this forum we will assemble a group of Industry experts (manufacturers, product specifiers, and agencies) representing the big four areas the Erosion Control Industry; Straw, Hydraulically-Applied Erosion Control Products (HECPs), Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs), and Sod. . We will tackle the subjects of steering the industry to use the best technology for the best process, focused on products and technology and performance windows. We will also explore the environmental implications of amending soils on sites with Top Soil, Compost, and Biotic Soil Technology.
The goal of this lively and potentially contentious fireside chat will be to debate the positive and negative attributes of popular technologies, introduce and share ideas of how these products impact our environment, challenge the specification and installation community to think “long term” when making recommendations, and to actively answer and respond to questions and comments from those in attendance.