Erosion and Sediment Control
30 Minute Presentation
Compost Use in Erosion Control Practices
Gary Giterre member of the US Composting Council Market Development Committee, and Sales & Marketing Manager for McGill Compost will discuss the following:
Basic AASHTO Specifications for compost blankets and berms. Gary will explain the basics of compost. What is compost, how do you tell what kind of compost you need for a direct erosion control practice and then expand on the specification and use examples. Showing how a compost blanket or berm is installed, pointing out important steps and material characteristics that are key to success.
Gary will also touch on amending soil with compost as a way to reduce run off and enhance turf establishment. What should compost for soil amendment look like, how much would I need and resources for finding compost like the US Composting Council.
This presentation will be from the compost industry perspective not one private company or manufacturer. He will discuss general tips and useful information any erosion control professional should be aware of without a corporate focus.
If it isn’t STA Certified Compost, what is it?
The question posed above may, at first glance, appear to be a bit silly. However, if you are seriously thinking about making compost, specifying compost or purchasing compost, you want to know exactly what you are purchasing? The US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (‘STA’) is a compost testing, labeling and information disclosure program designed to give you the information you need to get the maximum benefit from the use of compost.
The program was created in 2000 and is the consensus of many of the leading compost research scientists in the United States. There was no other compost testing program available to compost producers or compost buyers that give you this type of information.
The science behind the development of the STA Certified Compost Program and the various tests that are used is contained in ‘Test Methods for the Examination of Composting & Compost’ (‘TMECC’). This publication includes a suite of physical, chemical and biological tests. These were selected to help both compost producer and purchaser to determine if the compost they are considering is suitable for the use that they are planning, and to help them compare various compost products using a testing program that can be performed by a group of independent, certified labs across the country and in Canada.
So a basic explanation of the USCC, its members, what is compost and then a detailed overview of how STA would benefit IEAC members