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    Wednesday
    Aug052015

    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.
     
     

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    Thursday
    Jul302015

    TIPS OF THE WEEK

    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?

    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    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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    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    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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    Tuesday
    Oct072014

    The Dirt Time 'Complete Works'

    The Dirt Time Complete Works is now available!

    The Complete Works is divided up into two DVD sets - The BMP (Best Managed Practices) set and the BioEngineering Set.  They are available together for only $299 or separately for $175.00 each.  

    Order them now at the WatchYourDirt Shop (Click Here).

    Here's what is on each of the four discs...

    BMP Set Disc One 

    • Hydromulch
    • Hydromulch on a large area cover up
    • Compost Blanket
    • Blown Straw
    • RECP / Erosion Control Blankets
    • Silt Fencing
    • Sediment Ponds
    • Theory of Ditch Check
    • Gravel Ditch Checks
    • Gravel Bag Ditch Checks
    • Fiber Rolls Ditch Checks
    • Triangular Silt Dike Ditch Checks
    • Enviroberm Ditch Checks
    • Hay Bales:  The Good & The Bad
    • Straw Talk - A discussion about different straw types and straw theory 

    BMP Set Disc Two

    • Articulate Concrete Blocks
    • Low Water Crossings
    • Stabilized Construction Entrances - Traditional
    • Stabilized Construction Entrances  - Rumble Strips
    • Turf Reinforcement Mats in a Channel
    • The 'Green Armor System'
    • Energy Dissipators - Traditional (rock)
    • Energy Dissipators - ScourStop
    • Extreme Slope Stabilization
    • Extreme Slope Stabilization - Update (6 months later)

     

    BioEngineering Set -  Disc One

    The Willow Creek Project (Follows a large Scale Riverbank stabilization from start to finish), detailing...

    • Rock Vanes
    • Longitudinal Peak Stone Toe Protection (Rock Toe)
    • Slope Prep & Trackwalking
    • Soil Nailing
    • Hydromulching
    • Fiber Rolls
    • Gully Repair
    • Live Willow Staking
    • Live Siltation
    • Modified Brush Layering
    • Soil Flaps
    • Slope Stabilization 

    BioEngineering Set - Disc Two 

    • Rock Vanes
    • Large Woody Debris
    • Live Pole Drains
    • Modified Brush Layering (2)
    • Vegetated RipRap
    • VMSE (Soil Wrapping)

     

    ORDER YOUR COPY HERE!

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