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    Wednesday
    Aug222018

    CARR FIRE - Post Fire Erosion Control Tips




    Some of the post-fire remediation may include seeding and mulching the bare soil.  By consulting your natural resource or Erosion Control Specialist you can determine the extent and range of treatments necessary, and an experienced professional can help you evaluate the risks.

     

    But generally, if seeding is recommended, in the urban / wild land transition area you will want to look at re-seeding with a “native seed mix”.  This is so important from an ecosystem point of view.  Grasses native and endemic to your area will develop deep roots, set the stage for "natural succession” of other native shrubs and trees, be drought tolerant (they are California natives after all ) and reduce risks of developing an even more fire prone landscape.  Try to avoid the temptation of using quick n’ cheap erosion control blend of seeds that are non-native annuals, like Italian rye grass.  In three or 4 years you’ll probably end up with a nice stand of weeds, burrs, and star thistle.

    Also consider adding mychorrizae fungi and a biotic organic fertilizer.  Consider AM-120 Mycorrhizal Inoculum and Biosol or Sustane organic fertilizers.  Most California Native grasses, especially in our North state area, have a symbiotic relationship with mychorrizae fungi.   CA 'natives' don’t need commercial fertilizers with high water soluble N, however weeds and annuals love commercial fertilizer - so feed the good seeds, not the weedy annuals!

    Seeding and then mulching with straw is the most common means to “protect" smaller areas, say <0.5 acres.  Straw Mulch should be "clean" and weed-free. On construction site, especially highway projects, the straw should be anchored so it doesn't blow away.  Anchoring is not that critical on restoration or fire rehab sites - the first rains will "lay the straw down".
    Hydromulch and hydroseeding, that slurry you often see spread by a big mulching truck, is another way to go.  It will be much more cost-effective for large areas and much quicker - with good access and available water (to make a new mix) an experienced Hydromulching professional can treat 2-5 acres a day.  While Straw Mulch is the most common hand-applied mulch, hydromulchers use mulch derived from wood fiber.  Wood fiber mulches can be the “Mercedes Benz” of mulches, long lasting and very effective.  Profile Products make a reputable line of products.  There is a relatively new hydraulically applied mulch made from sterile wheatgrass, called Hydrostraw.  Then the seed and fungi and fertilizer can be added to the slurry.

     

     

     

    There is so so much to know with regards to proper erosion control.  It is so much more than “Common Sense”.  A practitioner friend often says, “ erosion control is not brain surgery or rocket science - it is much more difficult!  

    Stay tuned for a few videos on this subject coming here soon!
     

     

    Thursday
    Apr192018

    2018 BMP SUMMIT SUCCESS!

    Thursday
    Feb082018

    2018 BMP SUMMIT EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES

    This year 1.5‭ ‬day BMP Summit‭ (‬April 3-4‭) ‬is followed by 2-day CISEC TRAINING‭ (‬April 5-6‭).  ‬

    The EXHIBIT Hall will be in the Classroom‭ (‬the‭ ‬“Barn”‭). ‬You will have a chance to be involved in the dialog and discussions‭. ‬Every break will be an opportunity to mingle and connect‭.‬

    John and Craig Benson‭, ‬combined with the excellent Shasta College Venue have attracted 50-100‭ ‬attendees in the past‭. ‬

    The CISEC Training‭, ‬lead by Jerry Fifield and Tina Evans‭, ‬is being offered for the first time in Northern California‭.  ‬We are anticipating some attendees will stay for both offerings but the CISEC Training will definitely attract participants from another‭ ‬pool of professionals‭. ‬

     

    Check out this BMP video‭:‬‭ ‬https‭://‬youtu.be/vsWqLbNytBo

     

    EXHIBITOR BENEFITS

    Showcase Exhibitors receive dedicated time on the agenda to demonstrate their product and/or equipment in the field with opportunities to interact with attendees‭. ‬Both Showcase Exhibitors and Indoor Exhibitors are provided with display space in the classroom to connect with attendees and will be given a chance to introduce themselves and their products/company‭.‬

     

    Showcase Exhibitor: Limited to 6‭ (‬Indoor exhibitor for two days‭, ‬PLUS dedicated time to demonstrate use or application of your product‭. ‬Bare soils or slope provided‭. ‬Exhibitor must come self-sufficient to demonstrate product or installation‭. ‬More complex installation to be done in advance‭. ‬Includes refreshments and meals for 2‭ ‬attendees‭.‬

    $800 Early Bird Registration, $850 Otherwise

     

    Indoor Exhibitor: ‭(‬Inside table/booth for two days‭), ‬includes refreshments and meals for 2‭ ‬attendees‭.‬

    $400 Early Bird Registration, $500 Otherwise


     

    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