1. The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will examine a common practice for seeding and large area stabilization. Straw Mulch application on disturbed areas is a tried and true erosion control practice that has been a staple in the erosion and sediment control industry since its inception. While not applicable in every situation and not the equivalent of modern erosion control blankets or turf reinforcement matting, straw mulching is a great erosion control practice for temporary stabilization or to provide additional cover for large, flat areas.

    While often misunderstood, when applied at the appropriate rate and crimped into the soil, straw mulching can hold up to both high winds and heavy rains. While straw mulching should not be applied in areas prone to flooding or in areas of concentrated flows, this can be one of our most underutilized erosion control practices.

    Be sure to see this windy demonstration on the effectiveness of straw mulching on this episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.

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  2. The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will take a close look at different types of erosion control blanketing. Erosion Control Blankets come in just about every shape and size and there are many varieties of blanket available in the SESC industry. This episode will cover some of the basic items that you need to know when examining some of the basic characteristics of different types of erosion control blanket.

    This video will examine a solution that required three different blanket options in order to adequately control erosion during vegetation establishment. Whether you are an inspector making sure that the appropriate blanket was installed per plan, or a designer selecting the appropriate blanket for your next project, don't miss the next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.

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  3. The ENCAP Erosion Control Minute provides real, in the field experience with erosion and sediment control best management practices. In this episode, we detail some of the critical points in properly installing silt fence. This sediment control BMP has played a critical role in the stormwater management industry, and while often much maligned, when installed and maintained properly, it is a cornerstone of any good SWPPP and BMP treatment train.

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  4. The ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is a series of videos showing real world application of stormwater best management practices. The video is created and hosted by Jonathan Koepke, CPESC of ENCAP, Inc. in Sycamore, IL. ENCAP, Inc. is a water resources consulting and construction firm in northeast Illinois. This video details the steps and methods used when seeding and stabilizing vacant building pads. With the recent downturn in the housing and construction industry, the need for stabilizing consturction sites is growing. The details of the technical aspects of getting vegetation established in poor soils and on graded and disturbed sites is a critical lesson for erosion and sediment control professionals and anyone involved in the land development industry or municipal government.

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  5. We will be taking a close look at the recent publication of the USEPA's Proposed Effluent Limitation Guidelines. This proposed rule, which was put on public notice in late November, is intended to set more stringent standards on the quality of stormwater discharged from construction sites.

    This important document, proposes to establish numeric turbidity standards for stormwater leaving construction sites 30 acres or greater for sites that have high clay content soils. This standard would apply for nearly all 30 acre or larger sites within the Illinois area and would have significant impacts on the methods used for erosion and sediment control on construction sites. This proposed rule would require the treatment of stormwater discharge to meet a level of clarity that is near drinking water quality. Don't miss this critical episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute

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