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    Our BMP Summit Was a Huge Success.

     Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd was our first combined effort to bring this summit to Redding. The two-day workshop sponsored by Shasta College, Sacramento Watersheds Action Group (SWAG), and Western Chapter International Erosion Control Association success exceeded our expectations. 

    Our highly acclaimed instructors John McCullah - Mr. DirtTime himself and David Franklin did an awesome job. We counted 55 in attendance, our thanks to everyone who attended. 

     John McCullah (Light Blue Shirt)

     Dave Franklin

    Our Showcase Exhibitors were as follows;

    Heavyweight Sediment Control Solutions - Richard Quinley & Kristin Parkinson
    EarthSavers - Lynn Friesner and Howard Schau
    LSC Env. Products - Troy Duxbury and Robert Curl
    HydroStraw - Ed Lee
    Other exhibitors were: Zanker Road Resource Management - Aaron French, Contech Engineered Solutions - Curtis Kruger, Profile Products - Erik Schmidt, Steve Riggs  


     Now the fun starts! Day two-out in the field.



     One of our attendees shared his thoughts with us:

    I understand this was the first Erosion Control Workshop that you have put on at the Shasta College and wanted to give you my feedback. The information and presentations that you and David delivered were extremely relevant and very well done. I find all too often that people get “comfortable” with what they know and/or don’t get opportunities to learn about new solutions. For this reason, I believe the your event went extremely well. Honestly I attended a 5 day conference earlier this year where there were significantly less takeaways than your 2 day event.

    Troy Druxbury. LSC

     Don't miss the next one, we will be posting when and where it wll be.



    The two-day workshop sponsored by Shasta College, Sacramento Watersheds Action Group (SWAG), and Western Chapter International Erosion Control Association May 1st and 2nd.
    What are the Tools of Compliance?
    This workshop is about the BMPs!  Effective erosion and sediment control is rooted in a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of physical processes and basing the selection of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on those processes.  We will learn why now, with the new regulations (the Construction General Permit), more than ever before your BMPs must be “EFFECTIVE”.  And how, now, the SWPPP developers, the implementers, the contractors, the regulators, and the inspectors must acquire education and training and then demonstrate that knowledge through certifications.  This workshop is intended to de-mystify the BMP selection process, the SWPPP, while learning about the importance of Drainage, Infiltration, Rooting Depth, Grading for Erosion Control, and some Steep Slope applications. 

    Just a walk away is the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Facility featured in many research studies, articles and often the backdrop for the Dirt Time videos series.  This is where we will spend the second day – actually watching and participating in BMP implementation.  Ever wanted to spray hydromulch?  This is your chance!
    Following registration, we will contact you to confirm and answer any additional questions you might have.  Don't have a credit card or would rather register by phone?  Give us a call or email at:  (530) 247-1600 or
    The two-day BMP workshop will offer:
    • Full Day classroom on Friday with John McCullah and David Franklin as your instructors.
    • On Saturday your instruction on BMPs will be out in the field - the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Facility as featured in the Dirt Time Video series
    • There will be a special topic section on road drainage design for low-volume roads, farm and ranch roads, and utility access roads
    • Exhibitors will present New Equipment, Products and Materials
    • a chance to Co-Mingle with other professionals who are on the quest for more knowledge in the world of erosion and sediment control
    • Fully catered Lunch on Friday and Saturday - thanks to Shasta College Culinary Arts
    • Coffee and snacks in the morning.
    After the workshop you will:
    • Understand the physical processes of erosion / sedimentation and accompanying BMPs.  
    • Know the “four" most effective erosion control practices, the relative costs and how to implement them.
    • Feel confident in reviewing and inspecting SWPPPs and BMPs.
    • Have the knowledge to effectively implement a erosion and sediment control plan
    • understand why some BMPs work and some don’t and are a waste of money - money that can be spent on effective strategies.
    • Know how sediment control really works.
    • Install a silt fence with a static slicing machine.
    • Understand how Skimmer Outlets, Baffles and Flocculants can make sediment basins 90% effective
    • How to minimize or eliminate runoff from your site - increase infiltration, decrease discharges, establish vegetation
    • Be able to approach your project with the end in sight - getting stabilization and your Notice of Completion
    Also in Redding - On Thursday - EnviroTech NPDES Services w/David Franklin will also be offering a Class on the Industrial General Permit and Sampling Techniques.
    The two-day workshop will be $400 which includes Coffee, beverages, snacks and Lunch for two days.
    You will receive a certificate of attendance for continuing education.

    Hwy44 Project - UPDATE

    We tackled the fill slope portion of the trail yesterday. Kind of complex because we had to wrap and reinforce. Innovative stuff but only alternative given the constraints and "sapping/subsurface" conditions. All in all, a pretty good day for 6 people.

    Here are some pics!

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    Project: Hwy 44 Trail, Redding, CA

    This trail above Hwy 44 in Redding will take walkers to awesome vistas.

    However it "cuts" through some ancient river aggregate, semi-consolidated , with cobbles, gravel, sand, clay and a really nasty shrink-swell clay from old lake or?? When it rained big a few weeks back the water oozed out of the slope. What can be the fix? A retaining wall with drainage? soil nailed wall? Something very engineered and expensive?

    We are going with compost (will encourage deep rooted native bunch grass (nasella pulchra) that will ultimately anchor and reinforce the soils) but the compost and soils need to be reinforced with ENKA Mat first. We decided to use anchors (long pins 12-18" long) that will "push back" at the forces "weeping out". We added mycorrhizae to provide the symbiosis needed for the grass. We also decided upon a 50/50 mix of compost and sandy loam soil import to 'fill in' eroded areas.

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    Effective BMP Course Coming Aug 13

    Effective BMPs IECA Conference in Portland was great.The trade show was huge and very educational as we (IECA) combined conference with Geosynthetics Industry.

    I taught a one-day course entitled "EFFECTIVE Best of the BMPs" - another construction site BMP course with emphasis on what BMPs ARE effective and HOW do you SELECT and INSTALL them!!  

    Effectiveness is essential now with new regulations - none of us can afford to "do eye candy" (silt fence flapping in the wind) anymore. We now have to sample and report - AND turn ourselves in if we don't comply. 

    I'll be doing this course again in August 13 for UC DAVIS Extension in Sacramento.

    And David Franklin and I are training at a two-day BMP Workshop, hosted by Shasta College on May 1 and 2.

    Contact to register.