Impermeable geomembrane for a Baltimore reservoir cofferdam

February 22, 2021

Druid Hill Reservoir is a one-billion-gallon (55-acre) potable water storage reservoir that supplies Baltimore, Md., and surrounding counties. Druid Hill Reservoir was constructed between 1863 and 1871 and is one of the largest earthen dammed lakes in North America. In 1971 it was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of …

Ocean City, N.J., plans more geotextile tubes to protect beaches

February 17, 2021

By Maddy Vitale In a continuing effort to protect Ocean City’s beaches from coastal storms that chip away at the coastline, the New Jersey city is moving forward with plans to install another barrier in the areas most vulnerable to erosion. Geotextile tubes are gigantic sock-like cylinders made of plastic fabric and stuffed with sand. …

Layfield USA completes two CSPE reservoirs

February 15, 2021

Layfield USA Corp. announced the completion of the supply and installation of a chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) liner and floating cover system as part of a refurbishing and upgrade project for Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) Lanpher Reservoir. The Lanpher Reservoir is a double reservoir, potable water storage system (East and West reservoirs) with a …

Conductive liner for a copper mine reservoir

February 5, 2021

At a large copper mine in the U.S., a lined stormwater reservoir needed to be constructed for containment of runoff and process water. The integrity of the reservoir liner was critical as failure could result in contamination of groundwater. Solmax installed a double liner system, using Leak Location Conductive liner. This would ensure reliable electric …

Stabilizing Oyster Lake’s outfall

February 1, 2021

Preserving a unique ecosystem with an environmentally friendly solution By Drew Loizeaux Coastal dune lakes are freshwater lakes located within 2 miles (3.2 km) of an ocean coastline. These rare ecosystems are only found in a handful of locations around the globe, including Madagascar, New Zealand, Australia and Walton County, Fla. Walton County is home …

Comparative analysis of the flow and filtration capabilities of sediment retention devices—Part 1

By James E. Sprague and C. Joel Sprague Sediment retention devices (SRDs) include silt fences, wattles, filter logs, compost socks and various types of stormwater inlet protectors and are a widely used best management practice (BMP) to provide sediment filtration from stormwater runoff while allowing water passage. However, SRD performance varies greatly in flow rate …

The GMA Techline

Moderated by George R. Koerner BIOLOGICAL DEGRADATION OF PE AND PP Q: Can you please enlighten me on the biological degradation of polyolefin polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)? A: Within the various plant forms of biological life, i.e., bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi and algae, polymer degradation is essentially nonexistent due to high molecular weight of the common …

Bituminous geomembranes (BGM) for ponds in mining

By Natalie Daly and Bernard Breul  Bitumen has emerged as a standard 20th-century waterproofing material in civil and water engineering in the form of bituminous concrete, asphalt and bituminous geomembranes. The first applications of bituminous geomembranes (BGM) were in France in 1975 near Grenoble and for potable water storage reservoirs at a 6,562-foot (2,000-m) altitude …

Premier Product Showcase 2021 offers first look at new products and services

Here is your first look at some of the new products and services that will be available from companies in 2021.  Geosynthetics Virtual Conference 2021 is co-locating with the IECA Annual Virtual Conference and Expo. The 2021 virtual show floor will bring together exhibitors covering the gamut of geosynthetic products and services. Registrants for the …

Base stabilization at Port of Invergordon, U.K.

January 18, 2021

A new 365,973-square-foot (34,000-m2) container area was required in the Port of Invergordon, U.K. The area was constructed as an unbound pavement with a crushed gravel surface. Presto GeoSystems GEOWEB geocells presented an excellent solution to minimize the overall cross-section depth through its unique load transfer mechanism while controlling differential settlement in the heavily loaded …