Comparative analysis of the flow and filtration capabilities of sediment retention devices—Part 2

April 1st, 2021

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. They 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 […]

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A new specification for geotextile grout filled mattresses

April 1st, 2021

By George R. Koerner FIGURE 1 GGFM being filled incrementally. Courtesy of HUESKER Geotextile grout filled mattresses (GGFM), also referred to (in ASTM D18.25/D35.05) as fabric-formed concrete (FFC) or fabric-formed concrete revetments (FFCR), are erosion-resistant concrete linings made from durable, permeable fabric forms that are filled with high-strength grout. GGFMs are generally sloping structures placed […]

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IECA recognizes leaders at annual conference

March 9th, 2021

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced winners for its environmental excellence awards during the joint 2021 IECA Virtual Annual Conference and Expo/Virtual Geosynthetics Conference 2021 in February. The IECA awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment control and stormwater industries. This year's awards recognized young professionals under 30 and under 40, […]

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IECA Region One aligns association structure with strategic plan

February 18th, 2021

With the reunification of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One and Region Two, the IECA board of directors is making structural changes to support incoming members and to create a solid backbone for the future. Structural changes include: The board promoted Samantha Roe, IOM, to Chief Executive Officer of the association.Members from Region […]

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

February 1st, 2021

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 […]

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IECA Region One updates strategic plan

December 11th, 2020

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) board of directors is committed to the growth and evolution of the association. The board recently updated IECA’s strategic plan to help identify resources to support membership through improved services to chapters, members, and professionals who protect soil and water resources. “During my term as board president, I’ve worked […]

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GSI to host webinar on geosynthetics in erosion control

November 27th, 2020

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Geosynthetics in Erosion Control,” on December 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The estimated societal cost of various types of landslides in the U.S. is […]

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Registration is open for the Geosynthetics Virtual Conference 2021

November 23rd, 2020

Registration is now open for the Geosynthetics Virtual Conference 2021. Although we were looking forward to seeing you in Kansas City, Mo., in February, we are thrilled to offer the same great education, technical sessions, short courses and exhibit hall within our virtual event platform, Feb. 22–25, 2021. Visit the event website to preview everything […]

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Webinar series to examine global erosion case studies

October 5th, 2020

Join IECA for the Challenge Meets Opportunity: Global Erosion Control Case Studies web series to explore the world's challenges in erosion control and how innovation and collaboration has led to success. Learn from industry leaders throughout the world as they tackle erosion control to continue to provide clean water and care for the environment. November […]

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Innovative geosynthetic solution saves 106-year-old Panama Canal structures

August 1st, 2020

By Tom Stephens and Nicolas Ruiz FIGURE 1 Preparing to place a 65-cubic-yard (50-m3) geotextile bag container into 66 feet (20 m) of water at the Gatun Locks dividing wall The Panama Canal opened for business 106 years ago and was hailed as the eighth wonder of the world and an engineering marvel. It has […]

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