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    BioDraw 3.0 - compendium of Bioengineering Techniques with AutoCad 'typical drawings", construction specifications, design guidance and much more.  


    Bio Draw 3.0 is an interactive cd which describes design and installation procedures for 38 biotechnical soil stabilization techniques, along with 39 typical drawings of soil bioengineering techniques.       

     (click here for Sample Typicals)            


    CAD & Microstation compatable, all Illustrations and typical drawings are available in dwg. (Auto-Cad) and .dgn format                                                                


     Incorporate Live Vegetation... 

     All erosion control techniques presented incorporate live vegetation.  Bio Draw is intended to help solve engineering problems while meeting the ever-increasing environmental demands prescribed by sensitive ecosystems.  NPDES Phase II compliant!


     ‘Soft’ BioEngineering...

    Bio Draw describes in detail a series of "soft" bioengineering techniques and practices such as LIVE FASCINES, LIVE POLE DRAINS, COIR ROLLS WITH BRUSHLAYERING, POLE PLANTING, MODIFIED BRUSH LAYERS, BRUSH MATTRESSES, and MORE!   (click here for Sample Typicals)


    Before & After Illustrations...

    The Bio Draw CD is liberally illustrated with "before" and "after" photos of real case studies which describe various installation steps for each technique.  Clicking on the photos will expand them so details can be readily observed. 


    Proven & Tested Practices...              

    All of these practices have been implemented and monitored for their effectiveness by bioengineering practicioners! 

     Bio Draw 3.0 is the most credible and comprehensive bioengineering compendium in the erosion control industry today!

    Available for purchase at the WatchYourDirt Shop


    Drawings & So Much More...

    Not only do you get CAD drawings and construction specifications, but you also get comprehensive information for all aspects of biotechnical projects, such as the principles, rationale, and planning for a bioengineered approach.  

    The BMPs are conveniently separated into "Soil Bioengineering and Biotechnical Stabilization Practices (Ground Bioengineering)" and "Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization (Water Bioengineering)".  

    Many informative photos accompany each BMP, showing installation procedures along with "before" and "after" shots of case studies.  Each colorful photo can be portrayed in a larger view with the click of your mouse.   (click here for Sample Typicals)


    Easy to Use..

    The CD is user-friendly, and it's as easy as navigating through this website.  Technical support is also readily available if needed.


    Available for purchase at the WatchYourDirt Shop




    Forester University & Dirt Time - Sediment & Erosion Control Training

    Sediment and Erosion Control Training: Forester University & Dirt Time

    Watch a video, take a quiz, and earn CEU and PDH credits courtesy of Forester University and Dirt Time Videos. Select from five different OnDemand eLearning training packages offering sediment and erosion control field technique, best practices, and management training. Hosted by John McCullah, each training video is an on-the-job look at the theory, application how-to, and best management practices needed to improve your knowledge and skills and enable you to earn CEU and PDH credits to maintain your contractor certification*.

    OnDemand eLearning packages include: the Full Dirt Time Training Package, Best of Dirt Time Training, Erosion Control & Soil Stabilization, Runoff Control & Channel Protection, and Bioengineering & Stream Bank Stabilization.





    We will be periodically posting and sending out "Tips" to help you select and apply BMPs in the most effective manner.  These tips are based on my experience - Iv'e actually built them, monitored the applications, and then given a lot of thought on how to make them better.  This is my opinion only.

    This BMP Toolbox is a concept I use for teaching Been waiting 25 years for runoff to flow "through" a straw bale!! If you want effective sediment control then think - "Stokes Law".Even the best geotextiles will "blind" and plug up, then you end up ponding water or they fail. Ask yourself, does a silt fence actually "filter" sediment-laden runoff?


    Hwy44 Project - UPDATE

    Updated on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:28PM by Registered CommenterWatchYourDirt

    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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