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    Monday
    Jun012009

    Rock Vane Talk From Willow Creek

    Here is a quick excerpt from the Willow Creek Project.  In it John talks about the re-directive powers of Rock Vanes.  The full video can be found at the WatchYourDirtStore.  

    And for more info on the project, read this posting, and others like it in our past blog entries.

     

    Wednesday
    May272009

    New Erosion Control DVD: The 'Willow Creek Project' is Released Today!

    The Willow Creek DVD is finished and Released!

    It's available at the WatchYourDirtStore.  Click Here to purchase.

    What is the Willow Creek Project?

    Over a 3 month period last year, John McCullah worked with Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation to save a massively failing slope that threatened to crater Highway # 2 - a very important highway in South Alberta.  It was a huge undertaking and our cameras were there for the whole process.

    The main problem was the erosive flows from the rather deceptive Willow Creek (it looks more picturesque than viciously erosive).These currents were eating at the toe of the slope, causing some really fascinating block failures.  In addition there was a large gully on site also plagued with problems.

    To save this site, John and crew reached deep his erosion and sediment control bag of tricks.  Over the course of this episode, you'll see the following techniques, explained, installed and reviewed...

     Rock Vanes

    Longitudinal Peak Stone Toe Protection

    Fiber Roll Installation & Theory

    Scourstop Energy Dissipators

    Hydromuclhing with FGMs

    Soil Nailing

    Live Siltation

    Soil Flapping

    Trackwalking & more!

    It's the closet you can get to on site training without actually being there.

    We are really proud of this one, we think it turned out great! So we encourage you to go over to the Watchyourdirtstore and purchase a copy.  And if you'd like to see Dirt Time in more seminars/classrooms, ask your instructor to get a hold of us and enroll in our Dirt Time Classroom Clip program (more on that later!).  As long as you guys keep using Dirt Time, we'll keep on making it.

    Special thanks must go out to the fine people at Alberta Infrastructure & Transportation.  Without their support, their project ... their everything - we wouldn't have had this great opportunity to film.  So thank you Roger Skirrow, Fred Cheng, Ross Dickson and the great team over in Alberta!

    Here is some snippets of some of the stuff you'll see on the DVD...

    Wednesday
    May272009

    Slope Stabilization in the Light Snow

    In Alberta, whenever you plan somethings outdoors during November, you can't rely on the forecast.  Here is an excerpt for our Willow Creek Video (available May 28th at the WatchYourDirtStore).  It is the start of the first day of the AIT workshop.  It was a little chilly in the morning, but nothing too too bad - we've seen worse.

    More footage and news from this video is right around the corner, so stay tuned!

    Wednesday
    May272009

    Willow Creek: End Credits

    Here's a quick little piece.  It's the end-credit sequence to the latest episode of Dirt Time.  Very simple idea and not too complicated to execute. In this little sequence, we took the original blueprint of the construction site and added various credits throughout the plan. Took the altered plan into our graphics program and whipped the camera around the page from one credit to the next. A fun little tecnique that (we think) is quite cool...

    Tuesday
    May262009

    Poisoned Waters - Full Film Now Online!

    The PBS documentary: Poisoned Waters is now fully online and available to watch front to back. Click right here.

    Here's the synopsis:

    More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture, and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species is also threatened in both estuaries. As a new president, Congress, and states set new agendas and spending priorities, FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it’s so hard to keep our waters clean.

    Thanks to the IECA-Great Rivers Blog for the Head's Up!