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  • GPS helps locate soil erosion pathways

    Grassed waterways are placed in agricultural fields where runoff water tends to concentrate because they can substantially reduce soil erosion. Mapping techniques that help identify where erosion channels will likely form could help farmers and conservation professionals do a better job of designing and locating grassed waterways in agricultural fields. Tom Mueller, associate professor in the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Erosion control conference

    From February 20-23, Granite Environmental, Inc. , will be getting down and dirty with erosion control at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. This local company, specializing in erosion and pollution control product solutions, will be attending the world’s largest soil and water event: The International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) 11th Annual Conference, Environmental ...


    By Granite Environmental, Inc

  • New data on soil erosion by water reveals Mediterranean at highest flood risk

    Rainfall is one of the principle causes of soil erosion. It breaks apart soil, dislodges it from its surroundings, and washes it away as runoff. These mechanisms have an effect on how much water the soil may hold, how fast water flows over the soil, and even on the soil depth. In a much broader sense soil erosion can negatively affect vegetation growth and yields, as well as water quality, and ...

  • Modern farming practices: a short term solution to soil erosion

    New research shows that the damaging effects of soil erosion can be partly avoided by using modern farming methods, such as the use of fertilisers, but at a cost. An increase in the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, for example, is likely to have an impact on local ecosystems.  A team of European scientists, lead by the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, have developed a ...

  • Soil erosion study brings ecosystem services approach into regional planning

    How best to integrate the ecosystem services concept into regional planning? A recent study provides a practical example for an area in Germany that is faced with an increased risk of soil erosion under climate change. Researchers used a decision-support system incorporating ecosystem services to show that measures to reduce soil losses could also support a number of other services. Ecosystems ...

  • New map of soil loss by water erosion across Europe

    Soil erosion is an important issue in Europe, with consequences for water quality, ecosystem services supply and crop production. In this study, researchers enhanced an existing model to estimate soil loss and create an updated map of soil erosion across the EU. The authors say the tool can simulate the effects of land use changes and management practices and will support effective policy ...

  • Erosion after wildfires affect forest rehabilitation

    Wildfires greatly increase hillslope- and watershed-scale runoff and sediment yields, according to research conducted by a group from Colorado State University and published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. Land use and climate change have increased, or are projected to increase, the size and frequency of fires in many wildland environments. These issues are of concern because ...

  • Sustainable approach to tackle coastal erosion in Thailand

    Panya Changcharoen still remembers when he was a child and the Bang Khunthian District stone, marking the edge of Bangkok, was in a lush mangrove forest. Now, at 60, he finds it hard to believe the shore has eroded so much that the marker lies stranded far out in the muddy sea. 'All the mangrove forests are gone and coastal erosion keeps getting worse, especially during the monsoon season,' ...


    By IRIN

  • Got Erosion? North American Green Has It Covered

    SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Time to roll out the green carpet. North American Green proudly sponsors the 2016 Environmental Connection Conference (EC 2016), hosted by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) in San Antonio. Leading ...


    By North American Green

  • Soil protection

    On 13 September, MEP Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines presented the draft directive on soil protection to members of the European Parliament's ITRE committee (Industry, technology, research and energy). Ecological NGOs present at the meeting were not reassured. 'We are disappointed with it. This directive is in danger, when it could be an essential lever for a genuine policy on soil protection on a ...


  • ASTM D6459 - 11 standard test method for determination of Rolled Erosion Control Product (RECP) performance in protecting hillslopes from rainfall-induced erosion

    This test method evaluates RECPs and their means of installation to 5.1.1 Reduce soil loss and sediment concentrations in stormwater runoff under conditions of varying rainfall intensity and soil type, and; 5.1.2 Improve water quality exiting the area disturbed by earthwork activity by reducing suspended solids. This test method ...


    By ASTM International

  • EPA to Require Best Management Practices To Curb Erosion at Construction Sites

    The construction, utility and housing sectors will be required to implement best management practices to prevent erosion at construction sites in lieu of numeric nutrient limits for turbidity in stormwater under a final Environmental Protection Agency rule published March 6 (79 Fed. Reg. 12,661). The new effluent limitations emphasizing best practices to manage erosion and stabilize soils at ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Reinforcement of soil by plant roots

    Landslides have devastating impacts across the globe resulting in the loss of life and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure. Soil erosion from wind and water threatens food production, pollutes the environment, and can make living in major cities such as Beijing almost unbearable during dust storms. Just like the great dust bowl of the 1930s, many instances of soil erosion and ...

  • Impact of floods on soils

    A recent study conducted in the Midwestern United States examined the effects of harsh wet conditions on both cultivated and uncultivated soils, vastly advancing the knowledge of water’s effects on aggregation. Soil aggregation is an important soil attribute that is related to the physical-chemical state of the soil, and is one of the essential processes that determine soil quality. During the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Safeguarding our soils for the future

    Measures to protect and improve our soil to meet rising demand for food and to combat climate change have been unveiled by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. England’s soil has suffered over the last 200 years from the impacts of intensive farming and industrial pollution, and today is under threat from erosion by wind and rain, a loss of organic matter and nutrients, and pressure for ...

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too late to restore our soil resources. What it will take, say the editors and contributors to a new book, Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for ...

  • Precompression stress in soils

    The precompression stress as a factor to assess the mechanical stability of soils is predictable by using pedotransfer functions. Over the past decades arable soils have been deteriorated because of the heavy machinery on the farm. Increase loads enhance subsoil compaction which is mostly irreversible. As a consequence of this deformation, the soil productivity decreases while the erodibility ...


  • Protecting valuable urban soil

    Soil provides multiple services, ranging from food production, water-filtering and carbon capture, to green park areas in towns and cities, important for human well-being. However, increased urbanisation is leading to a loss of soil resources. Researchers have developed an online evaluation method that can be used as an aid to urban planning to avoid the loss of precious areas of good quality ...

  • Protecting soil in fire-ravaged landscapes

    Following a wildfire, there is often the potential for devastating storm-induced erosion and mudslides. To prevent this possibility, teams of scientists work on these scared landscapes to quickly assess the erosion potential and potential mitigation strategies. By using digital soil and fire severity data, coupled with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the process is made much simpler. A ...

  • The Department of Energy Awards Small Business Contract for Site Characterization and Erosion Control Work

    The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a new contract to CTI & Associates, of Wixom, MI. CTI is a small business. The Department will issue a time and material type contract with a three year period of performance and a not-to-exceed value of $2,249,264. Work performed under this contract will be performed at the contractor’s facilities and at the Los Alamos National Lab in Los ...


    By US Department of Energy

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