Tensar acquires Mulch & Seed

May 5, 2011

In a May 4 press release, Tensar International Corp. confirmed its completion of acquiring Centre, Ala.-based Mulch & Seed Innovations (MSI). The release described Tensar’s addition of MSI product lines as “supplementing a portfolio of soil reinforcement, stabilization and, now, hydraulic erosion control and vegetation.” Prior to the acquisition, Tensar was the exclusive distributor of …

New turf reinforcement from East Coast

February 25, 2011

East Coast Erosion Control introduced its newest product offering this week at the EC’11 event in Orlando: the T-RECS (Turf Reinforcement Erosion Control Solution). ECEC, a supplier of rolled erosion control products, hydromulches, and turf reinforcement mats (TRMs), said in its press release that T-RECS is designed to provide durable erosion control quickly and affordably. …

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Tales from the tundra

February 1, 2011

Erosion-control trailbuilding in ‘Kwig,’ Alaska. By Cory Schneider Living around Green Bay, Wis., all my life, I’ve grown accustomed to fairly harsh weather conditions. After all, Green Bay is often referred to as the “frozen tundra” because of its long, cold winters. (And, of course, the “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” immortalized by Green Bay’s …

Seaborne erosion-control bags are marine hazard

October 1, 2010

In the aftermath of Hurricane Earl, Coast Guard officials were advising mariners to be on the lookout for geotextile sandbags floating around Nantucket Island, according to several newspaper reports. The erosion-control bags, which apparently broke loose from a coastal property on the island’s south shore during the September storms, created a temporary nightmare for boaters …

ASTM standards for material properties for pavement components

July 1, 2010

Two new ASTM International standards will aid in the recent national movement to develop a mechanistic-empirical design guide for pavements. Both new standards, developed by ASTM International D35 on Geosynthetics, will cover quantification of fundamental material properties for pavement components. The standards, ASTM D7499, Test Method for Measuring Geosynthetic-Soil Resilient Interface Shear Stiffness, and ASTM …

Profile introduces new biodegradable growth medium

June 17, 2010

Building on the performance of the original Flexterra Flexible Growth Medium, Profile Products unveiled its new patent-pending Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium (HP-FGM) in June. In a company press release, Profile said that the HP-FGM product represents the next generation in flexible growth media, offering 600% greater initial seed germination and more than 250% greater …

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Geotextile tubes help stabilize shorelines

September 1, 2009

Geosynthetic technologies have emerged as a major tool in the battle against shoreline erosion, and TenCate Geosynthetics, Almelo, The Netherlands, has given the sturdy textiles a new form. The Geotube® system involves filling very large tubular textile containers with local sand or sludge to hold unstable banks in place. Shoreline stabilization frequently is accomplished with …

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Erosion-control mix rebuilds Clyde’s creekbank

August 1, 2009

A North Carolina town used a portfolio of geosynthetic erosion-control and reinforcement materials to restore a local streambank and relieve safety threats. Introduction During two weeks in September 2004, the town of Clyde, N.C., was pounded by hurricanes Ivan and Frances, both delivering destructive amounts of rainfall. The small town recovered, but four years later …

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Riverbank protection helps save a cemetery

February 1, 2009

Compiled and edited by Ron Bygness For nearly a century-and-a-half, Big Bend Lutheran Church in west-central Minnesota has stood proudly on a 60-ft bluff overlooking the Chippewa River. The founders of this rural parish also plotted a cemetery adjacent to the chuch and even closer to the overlook of the Chippewa’s south bank as the …

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Turning the Red River green

The Red River of the North submerged 2 Upper Midwest towns 12 years ago. Now geotextile matting is part of the foundation for a sweeping urban levee and greenway. By Adam Regn Arvidson Introduction Today, the Greater Grand Forks Greenway is a large, beautiful park bordering the Red River of the North in the twin …