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    Thursday
    May212009

    Historic Missouri Riverbank Stabilization / Erosion Control

    Courtesy of our good friend David Derrick, we have some really great pictures available in the photo (or 'Pics') section of our website.

    All the photos are 1920-30's era attempts at Riverbank stabilization, using techniques such as Board Mattresses,  Gabion Burrs and Timber Pile Dikes...  

    Huh?  You might be saying.  Yeah, me too.  But once you see the pictures, you'll notice that these techniques aren't too far off from current day riprap, gabion baskets, brush mattresses, etc.

    Check them out here.  They're quite neat.

     

     

     

    Thursday
    May212009

    BlinkWorks Gets a Shout Out From IECA - Great Rivers!

    Hey All, James Here!

    As some of you may or may not know, my production company BlinkWorks Media, which produces Dirt Time, does a variety of other projects as well. Many of them within the Erosion and Sediment Control Industry, many of them outside of it.  (Shameless plug:  If you need an industry-savvy video, we're always available!  Give us a call!)  

    It seems that the good people at the IECA-Great Rivers Blog wrote a nice little piece complimenting the work we did for Minnesota State Parks.  Check it out here!

    If you haven't come across the blog just yet.  I would put it on your regular reading list.  Maintained by J.B. Dixon, the blog keeps its regional members in the know, but also has a fair bit of general industry news.

    Many thanks to J.B. and IECA-Great Rivers for the mention!

     

    In case you haven't seen it yet, here are the videos that caught the IECA's eye: 

    Wednesday
    May202009

    EC08 Interview: ExpressBlower

    Here's an interview we did with ExpressBlower in Orlando at EC08. We had it up on the old WatchYourDirt.com and thought we should repost...enjoy.

    John interviews Jason Wedmore from Expressblower at EC08. For more information, check out expressblower at www.expressblower.com.

    Tuesday
    May192009

    Dirt Time has made it to the Smithsonian

    I think it's a pseudo-goal of any filmmaker/television producer to ultimately make it to the Smithsonian. Doing so, means that you've established a place for yourself in the canon of popular cultural.

    ...Well, Dirt Time has done it! We made it!  We're in the Smithsonian! ...just in a slightly different wing from the TV sciences stuff...

    The Smithsonian currently has a very neat exhibit going on called: Dig it! The Secrets of Soil. It is all about Soil - virtually every facet of it.

    Though skewed towards a younger audience, if you are in the Washington area, it definitely seems worthy of checking out. You can read all about it here.

    And we are very proud to say that Dirt Time plays some small part in the exhibit. In preparation for the exhibition, the Smithsonian contacted Dirt Time, talked to John and asked for some video footage - which we were more than happy to provide. In fact, John is featured as one of the exhibits 'Explorers of Soil'.

    In what capacity, Dirt Time appears in the exhibit, we're not too sure. We hope to check it out ourselves one day soon. But if any one happens to visit the museum themselves and catches a glimpse of us - shoot us a mail, we would love to find out more.

    Here's a news piece on the exhibit:

    Monday
    May182009

    Willow Creek - Site Visit

    This past week, I was in Calgary, only about 90 minutes away from the Willow Creek site.  So I decided to make the trip and check out how everything is doing.

    It's been six months since we finished up over there, and I wish I was checking out the site at the end of this summer instead - because, things haven't really been given time to grow in.  But the great news is that a large majority of the willow is alive and sprouting!

    There is some not-so-great stuff...a bit of gullying here and there, some slight slope failure, but nothing too fatal Though keep in mind, this is coming from my less-than-expert vantage point.

    I took some video of the site and will be posting it as soon as we make the Willow Creek Project available - which, if all goes well, will be at the end of this week!  Tomorrow, we'll be finishing the audio tweaks and then, all there is to do is design the DVD and start shipping!