New Blog Serves Up Energy Policy in Digestible Pieces

For most of us issues surrounding energy and environmental policy can seem overwhelmingly complex and overly political.  A new blog, “Energy and Environmental Policy Alternatives,” by Gene Burden, seeks to untangle and clarify these issues in a way everyone can understand, and provide a nonpartisan forum for serious dialog and…

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Green and Soft: New Materials for River Restoration

Many terms have been used to describe the engineering use of plant materials for slope stabilization – soil bioengineering, biotechnical stabilization, biostabilization, green engineering, biotechnical erosion control – but the underlying concept for all terms is the use of plants (sometimes in combination with other reinforcement materials) to reduce the…

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“Engineering With Nature” Fema Case Studies Show Greener Alternatives To Riprap

 There are numerous options for approach when it comes to the complex issues of riverbank stabilization.  FEMA’s “Engineering with Nature- Alternative Techniques to Riprap Bank Stabilization”  highlights several basic alternative measures that have successfully been used.   The case studies demonstrate the use of erosion control blankets, woody plantings, LWD and…

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