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    Wednesday
    Feb072018

    2018 BMP SUMMIT – April 3rd and 4th - Shasta College Erosion Control Facility

    Register for the Erosion Control BMP Summit before March 15 and qualify for the EARLY BIRD Discount!

    How are your BMPs doing?  Come to the SUMMIT, – April 3rd and 4th, where the combination of classroom and field training is intended to allow you to confidently answer this question.

    The Erosion Control BMP Summit at Shasta College promises to be Extra Special this year.  We are ALSO hosting a two-day training, on April 5th and 6th,  for becoming a Certified Inspector in Sediment and Erosion Control.  Jerry Fifield and Tina Evans will teach this course that is required to become a CISEC or CISEC-IT.  This offering has a separate registration from the SUMMIT so visit

    https://www.cisecinc.org/training-exams/us-training-and-exam-schedule/    

    Why not take both BMP SUMMIT and CISEC Training? 

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsWqLbNytBo&feature=youtu.be

    In four days you will get an intimate knowledge of the most effective BMPs, how you select BMPs given complex conditions, and how to make them work as intended.  Combine that with Jerry and Tina’s class – also focusing on BMPs but also the management and inspection of your construction site.  Plus becoming a Certified Inspector may be a great career enhancement.

    Craig Benson will help John teach and demonstrate BMPs.  Craig Benson has 25 years of professional experience in a wide variety of watershed management, water resources engineering, erosion & sediment control, and ecological restoration projects in the United States, West Africa, and South America.  

    Mr. Benson is the Director of the Natural Resources Services Division of the non-profit RCAA in Eureka, CA.  He also lectures in the Environmental Science Department at Humboldt State University.   Craig has served two terms as the President of the Western Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Region 1 IECA.  Craig and John provide a teaching synergy that can’t be beat!

    More questions to bring with you; 1. Can your BMPs be more cost effective and sustainable?  2. How can you select the most effective BMP that will fit the site conditions and resources available? and 3. What are the main functioning elements you are looking for when inspecting BMPs in the field?  We want you to have confidence in the BMPs you are responsible for.  The Field Day will give you that confidence in the BMPs you specify, implement, or repair. John will provide a BMP Manual to you that he has been updating and perfecting since Erosion Draw, the manual on CD, was first published in 2000.

    We are going to become familiar with many of the most effective and sustainable BMPs in the industry.  You will get to help install and inspect, in the field;

    • Skimmer Sediment Ponds

    • Straw and Coir Fiber Rolls as slope interrupters.  Try different installation methods

    • Turf Reinforcement Mats, anchors, effective staple patterns

    • Track Walking and Soil Preparation

    • Hydraulic Mulches, BFMs, and Biotic Soil Mulches

    • Rolled Erosion Control Blankets and Mats

    • Inspect an installed Compost Berm a highly effective alternative to silt fence – The FINN Compost blower makes quick work of this BMP

    • Bioswale – inspect and discuss

    • Compost Blankets – Hoping to apply with FINN Compost Blower – or Express Blower - 98% effective

    • Learn to operate a FINN T-60 and T-70 Hydroseeder

    • Coir Netting for TRMs and Slope applications with Hydromulch added

    • Install and Inspect Silt Fence.  Demo the Silt Fence Installation by Slicing Machine for cost and labor savings

    • Install Compost Socks – a environmental and cost effective replacement to silt fence.  See the Filtrexx Siltsox specially designed to be highly effective in filtering stormwater.

    These are just some of the BMPs offered.  You will also be provided with a copy of The BMP Manual, adapted and derived from the widely sold, Erosion Draw, authored by John used in his Shasta College Class, IECA Courses, UC Davis courses and more.   

    And don’t forget that the College will provide breakfasts and lunches.  The meals provided are always a highpoint to our trainings.  

    See you soon!




     

    Tuesday
    Jan312017

    BMPs Demonstrated at Summit provide ideas for Slide/Slope Failure Repair

    Redding received over 10" of much needed rain in January.  But all that rain and the saturated soils led to a small slope failure on the Palisades Trail.  You may remember the way we treated the "seeping" slopes two years back, with 2" compost, native grass, mycorrhizae, all reinforced in Enka Mat and then sprayed with Flexterra (known as Green Armor System) Palisades Trail update

    Well, we learned a few things at the last couple of Shasta College Summits, including some innovative uses for Compost Socks and how to use and install the Gripple Anchor System.  When Terry Hanson called and said there was a small landslide above the trail.  He informed us he had a CCC crew scheduled, very little budget, and another batch of storms were expects.  Dis we have any ideas, and could we provide a prescription. The College had some products remaining from the Summits we could probably donate, primarily in the form of Filtrexx Compost Siltsoxx and Filtrexx Compost Grosoxx and some Biaxial geogrid.  Terry had some 2010 Enka Mat.  Our prescription was to excavate the heavy failed clay material as feasible and then pack the slide face with Compost Socks.  The sock would be enveloped in Enka Mat and Geogrid and then anchored to the slope.  We decided to use the new Gripple Anchors (altogether we used about 45 anchors) system to anchor the materials to the slope and counter the outward forces.

    It was fortunate that we had both green Siltsoxx (more designed for filtration) and the Grosoxx which are designed with more of a growing medium.  Since the slide area is still draining, the green socks may aide drainage while the black growsox may do a better job growing native grasses.  We will get to follow the project through time. 

    PHOTOS WILL BE POSTED SOON 


    Friday
    Nov182016

    BMP SUMMIT - April 11th and 12th, 2017- Field Demonstrations and Trade Show

    Don't miss this years' BMP Summit at Shasta College.  This 2-day Summit is designed for both experienced and inexperienced professionals working in the Erosion Control Industry.  Whether you are an Engineer, a Contractor or construction inspector, a SWPPP plan reviewer or developer, Certified Erosion Control Specialist, or material supplier, this event will benefit you.  You will get exposed to the newest and most effective BMPs available while many manufacturers or suppliers will be on hand to answer questions. And most importantly this is an opportunity to actually join us in the field and see how BMPs should be situated and installed to ensure they are cost-effective.  This BMP Summit is a must for those "developing" Storm Water Plans, those working for City, State, and Federal agencies who review or recommend erosion and sediment control BMPs, and those who's duties are to inspect and maintain construction sites.

    You can use the event to earn continueing education credits.  The two day event will feature breakfast and lunch provided by Shasta College.  The Redding area has many affordable hotels and the Sacramento River Trail, Sudial Bridge, and downtown restaurants. There will be more information coming soon so stay tuned for more.

     

    Click here for more info


    Facility has a demonstration waterway

     

    Exhibitors will be present Gain hands on experience 

    Friday
    Nov042016

    Stream and Watershed Restoration – Workshop and Outdoor Learning Lab Photos

    The 2-day Classroom and Field Workshop aka Stream Summit held October, 2016 was another success! Several professionals attended our workshop which focused on repairing incised and degraded (urbanized) streams, assessment, and techniques with case studies.  Take a look at some photos from our event.

     Click here to view the entire Stream Summit Workshop gallery with larger photos.

    Wednesday
    Aug312016

    John's Keynote & Master Class in NZ


    Dear New Zealanders,

    We're coming back!  John has been invited back to New Zealand to provide some Keynote Addresses at the Erosion and Sediment Control Conference in Auckland on Aug 31-Sept 2.  The Conference is held collaboratively by the IECA Australasia and NZHIT (New Zealand Highway Institute of Technology.

    Master Class

    While in New Zealand John is teaching two full day Masters Courses on Stream Repair and Design - "Repairing Entrenched, Incised, and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Techniques and Case Studies”. One class will be held in Auckland and one in Christchurch.  Hope to see you there!
     
     
    A RETURN TO LUCAS CREEK...
    Lucas Creek, near Auckland/Albany, if you remember, was similarly “restored” back in October 2010.  The term “restored" is used here loosely because, in fact, the stream function was restored to accommodate extensive urbanization - new motorways, shopping mall, rugby stadium etc.


    Now, 6 years later, John and Robert Coulson visited the creek.  It is performing beautifully and this has apparently been an extremely wet winter!  
    The accompanying photos show that the stream is Functioning Properly, e.g., “passing flood flows and channel sediment without visible signs of erosion.  The vegetation is healthy and the aquatic habitat appears excellent”.  For this design, John used the published report , NCHRP Report 544- Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods.