Erosion Control in Land Development

(Source: Water on the Web,  http://waterontheweb.org )

(Source: Water on the Web, http://waterontheweb.org)

Erosion and sediment control is an important part of how we protect the environment. Sedimentation (the settling of material carried by wind and water in to our waterways) can destroy fish habitat and affect our water supply, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities.

Most construction activities result in major modifications to the landscape. The removal of soil stabilizing vegetation and the exposure and compaction of fine grained soils can result in stormwater run-off and soil erosion rates that are orders of magnitude greater than natural rates. The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) indicates that, in the absence of practices to manage run-on, runoff, erosion, and sedimentation, the production of eroded sediment is typically 200 to 400 times greater on construction sites versus undisturbed conditions.

Turbidity refers to how clear the water is. High concentrations of particulate matter can modify light penetration, cause shallow lakes and bays to fill in faster, and smother benthic (bottom of a lake) habitats- impacting both organisms and eggs.

The protection of exposed surfaces from the erosive energy of rain splash and surface run off flow should be the primary goal when selecting appropriate control measures. Ensure the sole focus is not on attempting to remove fine sediment from run-off using sediment controls (detention, settling, filtration); these practices are only effective as a secondary line of defence.

Soil cover is the easiest and most cost-effective erosion control factor that can be managed on a construction site. New practices and technologies are constantly being developed. A few standard practices today are:

1.      Mulch: hay or straw

2.      Grass: Seeding and Sod

3.      Erosion Control Blankets

4.      Co-Polymer Soil Stabilizers

The purpose of source control is to prevent or minimize the detachment, entrainment and transport of sediment. Good planning and implementation of temporary and permanent erosion control practices reduces the need for expensive, high maintenance sediment control and delivers significant cost savings and better compliance with environmental regulations. (City of Calgary, Guidelines for Erosion & Sediment Control 2011)

With a little planning and education we can greatly improve some of the negative impacts we have on our environment.

LandLoc Announces Distribution Agreement with Greatwest Kenworth Ltd

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Expanding Distribution Reach to Albertan's

LandLoc, a leader in environmentally friendly soil stabilization products, today announced it entered into a distributor agreement with Greatwest Kenworth Ltd, a leader in the heavy Alberta trucking industry for over 40 years With this agreement, LandLoc will further extend the availability of its Environmentally Friendly Soil Stabilizers, Dust Supression and Erosion Control products to the Alberta Marketplace.

"The addition EcoHaul Soil Stabilizers to our customers provides solutions to the challenges of gravel lots, roads and staging area's, while both improving safety and the environment" said Paul Storwick, President. "Whether they are long haul, construction or oilfield, many of our customers experience the challenges of a gravel lot, road or staging area and the problems that can create for there operations.."

Greatwest Kenworth Ltd with offices in Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat employs over 125 passionate professionals available to assist customers with sales, service and support. This enables them to provide excellent customer service and support to Albertan's looking to buy a truck, extending there fleet, and now stabilize some of the critical infrastructure supporting there business. .

"By partnering with LandLoc, our team can continue to provide innovative solutions to our customers challenges." said Storwick "Our goal is to continually expand our product offerings to our customers, and adding the LandLoc Soil Stabilization Products to our portfolio allows us to further prove our commitment to equipping our customers with equipment and technology to strengthen their success," added Storwick.

About LandLoc

LandLoc Environemental Products provides Environmentally Freindly solutions for soil stabilization, wind and water erosion and dust control. Solid results begin with our advanced technology. LandLoc Environmental products seamlessly bind elements together to outperform when it comes to wind and water erosion, soil and sub-base stabilization and pad construction. This innovative technology allows you to get the job done, and done right, all while reducing your ecological footprint. Simple, safe and sustainable, our products are the ultimate in soil stabilization and dust abatement on the market today.

While our solutions are designed to deal with the most complicated soil stabilization issues, our products are easy to use and cost effective.

About Greatwest Kenworth Ltd.

For over 40 years GreatWest Kenworth Ltd has new and used trucks and parts to the long haul, construction and Oilfield industries across Alberta. 

 

Too wet or too dry- that is the question

When it comes to controlling dust, knowing the type of surface you need to create is important. Without the proper planning, your best intentions won’t stop your dust problems. To control road dust, it starts with understanding the difference between creating a surface crust and simply “wetting out” the soil or aggregate. And to understand that concept, you must examine why roads degrade in the first place.

Unpaved roads degrade for two primary reasons – they are either too wet or too dry. When a road is in the “Goldilocks Zone” between the two, it is at its optimum moisture content (OMC). In other words, the road’s moisture content is just right.    The problems start when the road falls below OMC (too dry) or above OMC (too wet). A road that is too wet results in a significant decrease in strength, mud, loss of traction, erosion, instability, rutting, track-out and more. Conversely, a road that is too dry can create wash-boarding, raveling, loss of fines and, of course, an increase in dust.    Traditional watering to control dust can result in both of these conditions. Trying to avoid either condition creates a delicate balancing act that can be difficult to attain and maintain long-term.       Part of achieving that balancing act without water begins with understanding whether your road needs a crust or simply a “wetting out.”        How is Wetting Out a Dirt Road Different From Building a Crust?        Dust suppression can come in many forms. When you’re wetting out a dirt road you’re treating loose soil and aggregate with a water insoluble liquid to imitate waters properties without evaporating like water. The artificially increased moisture content reduces or eliminates wash-boarding, raveling, loss of fines and prevents poor air quality. Our EcoSoil is the leading example of a dust control products specifically engineered to suppress dust by wetting out any dirt, soil or aggregate that causes the dust and keeps your road close to OMC.       EcoSoil is a non-petroleum synthetic fluid that is designed to control dust even in the most extreme situations. By “wetting out” the soil, it creates a unique continuously re-workable and self-healing solution that coats and agglomerates dust particles and   weighs them down similar to water but without being affected by environmental conditions.       Why is this important? First, there may be times when you’ll need to control dust on roads but a surface crust is ineffective. As a wetting agent, EcoSoil is not impacted by extreme surface shear forces. It can withstand the abuse of extreme shear forces such as tracked vehicles, skid-steers and forklifts over time. The treated material simply moves and self-heals with the unique ability to even be re-graded without impacting performance. Since EcoSoil is water insoluble, it does not evaporate and it is unaffected by rain, staying on the treated material without leaching or dissipating away for long term performance regardless of the season.       In addition, EcoSoil does not require any road preparation to be effective. Therefore, when a road cannot be properly prepared for a crust forming dust suppressant, EcoSoil is the perfect non-corrosive solution. It does not require the road to be compacted,   crowned for drainage or to have loose aggregate removed from the surface.  This versatility paired with no curing time and no need for water dilution makes EcoSoil an easy, simple and effective solution to control dust virtually anywhere.        So when would you choose a product to create a crust?        Unlike wetting agents, crust forming dust suppressants can help stabilize a road when it gets wet. Roads that are susceptible to decreased strength, loss of traction, water erosion, rutting or instability when exposed to rain or water are best suited for crust forming solutions.  Our EcoHaul product is a copolymer based crust forming solution for projects that require increased soil stability. When topically applied over the surface of a well prepared unpaved road, EcoHaul creates a durable three-dimensional cap or surface crust. The crust helps seal and keep water out of the road to prevent OMC levels from becoming too saturated. Likewise, when dry, the treated surface remains tightly bound reducing or eliminating the need for road grading. By adjusting the application rate, EcoHaul can remain effective from weeks to several years depending on the desired project goals.        How is EcoSoil different from traditional dust suppression options?      Every professional wants to complete projects as safely and efficiently as possible while also cutting down on unnecessary costs and inconveniences. On the surface, water might seem like the go-to solution for dust control. Unlike EcoSoil water evaporates quickly must be reapplied constantly, and creates unnecessary wear and tear on equipment, resulting in higher costs and more manpower.       Many other dust suppressants are petroleum based and include materials that are harmful to your health and to the environment. EcoSoil to be completely pollutant-free and non-toxic. EcoSoil is a synthetic dust control fluid that is made from clean, affordable and abundant natural resources.       LandLocs’ EcoSoil is a gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology resulting in an ultra-pure solution that is both highly effective and extremely safe. With the utilization of our new GTL technology you can apply EcoSoil, even in the most extreme weather and environmental conditions from freezing -40°F/°C to beyond a blistering 160°F/70°C. Freeze dried arctic temperatures make traditional water based dust suppression applications impossible. Likewise, extremely hot desert environments quickly degrade traditional dust suppressants under the intense UV exposure.  EcoSoil’s non-volatile formulation and unsurpassed resistance to temperatures and UV rays provide unsurpassed performance longevity in the field.        What’s the technology behind EcoHaul and how does it work?        When EcoHaul is applied to soil, the highly engineered synthetic co-polymer molecules coalesce together and create three-dimensional bonds on a micron scale between soil particles. The result is a strong yet flexible solid-mass that is durable and water resistant. In other words, a dust free wear course is formed when applied topically over a dirt road.    EcoHaul’s results can be customized to fit the needs of any project and can last for significant periods of time. Lighter applications create an effective surface crust that is dust suppression and erosion control on non-traffic areas. Heavier topical applications are designed to be effective under vehicular traffic to stabilize the road surface and control dust.     Worried about long-term environmental effects? Like all LandLocs’ products, EcoHaul is biodegradable, non-toxic and safe for on-site use.

Unpaved roads degrade for two primary reasons – they are either too wet or too dry. When a road is in the “Goldilocks Zone” between the two, it is at its optimum moisture content (OMC). In other words, the road’s moisture content is just right.

The problems start when the road falls below OMC (too dry) or above OMC (too wet). A road that is too wet results in a significant decrease in strength, mud, loss of traction, erosion, instability, rutting, track-out and more. Conversely, a road that is too dry can create wash-boarding, raveling, loss of fines and, of course, an increase in dust.

Traditional watering to control dust can result in both of these conditions. Trying to avoid either condition creates a delicate balancing act that can be difficult to attain and maintain long-term.

 Part of achieving that balancing act without water begins with understanding whether your road needs a crust or simply a “wetting out.”

 How is Wetting Out a Dirt Road Different From Building a Crust?

 Dust suppression can come in many forms. When you’re wetting out a dirt road you’re treating loose soil and aggregate with a water insoluble liquid to imitate waters properties without evaporating like water. The artificially increased moisture content reduces or eliminates wash-boarding, raveling, loss of fines and prevents poor air quality. Our EcoSoil is the leading example of a dust control products specifically engineered to suppress dust by wetting out any dirt, soil or aggregate that causes the dust and keeps your road close to OMC.

 EcoSoil is a non-petroleum synthetic fluid that is designed to control dust even in the most extreme situations. By “wetting out” the soil, it creates a unique continuously re-workable and self-healing solution that coats and agglomerates dust particles and weighs them down similar to water but without being affected by environmental conditions.

 Why is this important? First, there may be times when you’ll need to control dust on roads but a surface crust is ineffective. As a wetting agent, EcoSoil is not impacted by extreme surface shear forces. It can withstand the abuse of extreme shear forces such as tracked vehicles, skid-steers and forklifts over time. The treated material simply moves and self-heals with the unique ability to even be re-graded without impacting performance. Since EcoSoil is water insoluble, it does not evaporate and it is unaffected by rain, staying on the treated material without leaching or dissipating away for long term performance regardless of the season.

 In addition, EcoSoil does not require any road preparation to be effective. Therefore, when a road cannot be properly prepared for a crust forming dust suppressant, EcoSoil is the perfect non-corrosive solution. It does not require the road to be compacted, crowned for drainage or to have loose aggregate removed from the surface.  This versatility paired with no curing time and no need for water dilution makes EcoSoil an easy, simple and effective solution to control dust virtually anywhere.

 So when would you choose a product to create a crust?

 Unlike wetting agents, crust forming dust suppressants can help stabilize a road when it gets wet. Roads that are susceptible to decreased strength, loss of traction, water erosion, rutting or instability when exposed to rain or water are best suited for crust forming solutions.  Our EcoHaul product is a copolymer based crust forming solution for projects that require increased soil stability. When topically applied over the surface of a well prepared unpaved road, EcoHaul creates a durable three-dimensional cap or surface crust. The crust helps seal and keep water out of the road to prevent OMC levels from becoming too saturated. Likewise, when dry, the treated surface remains tightly bound reducing or eliminating the need for road grading. By adjusting the application rate, EcoHaul can remain effective from weeks to several years depending on the desired project goals.

 How is EcoSoil different from traditional dust suppression options?

 Every professional wants to complete projects as safely and efficiently as possible while also cutting down on unnecessary costs and inconveniences. On the surface, water might seem like the go-to solution for dust control. Unlike EcoSoil water evaporates quickly must be reapplied constantly, and creates unnecessary wear and tear on equipment, resulting in higher costs and more manpower.

 Many other dust suppressants are petroleum based and include materials that are harmful to your health and to the environment. EcoSoil to be completely pollutant-free and non-toxic. EcoSoil is a synthetic dust control fluid that is made from clean, affordable and abundant natural resources.

 LandLocs’ EcoSoil is a gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology resulting in an ultra-pure solution that is both highly effective and extremely safe. With the utilization of our new GTL technology you can apply EcoSoil, even in the most extreme weather and environmental conditions from freezing -40°F/°C to beyond a blistering 160°F/70°C. Freeze dried arctic temperatures make traditional water based dust suppression applications impossible. Likewise, extremely hot desert environments quickly degrade traditional dust suppressants under the intense UV exposure.  EcoSoil’s non-volatile formulation and unsurpassed resistance to temperatures and UV rays provide unsurpassed performance longevity in the field.

 What’s the technology behind EcoHaul and how does it work?

 When EcoHaul is applied to soil, the highly engineered synthetic co-polymer molecules coalesce together and create three-dimensional bonds on a micron scale between soil particles. The result is a strong yet flexible solid-mass that is durable and water resistant. In other words, a dust free wear course is formed when applied topically over a dirt road.

EcoHaul’s results can be customized to fit the needs of any project and can last for significant periods of time. Lighter applications create an effective surface crust that is dust suppression and erosion control on non-traffic areas. Heavier topical applications are designed to be effective under vehicular traffic to stabilize the road surface and control dust.

 Worried about long-term environmental effects? Like all LandLocs’ products, EcoHaul is biodegradable, non-toxic and safe for on-site use.

EcoSoil Dust Supressant

Choosing Between Synthetic and Petroleum Oil-Based Dust Control

A revolutionary patented, state-of-the-art synthetic dust suppression fluid; engineered for today's most challenging intense-use dust control needs. This ultra-pure non-petroleum based fluid with GTL technology is made from clean, plentiful natural gas and is distinctively crystal clear, odorless and formulated to meet the highest standards of environmental efficacy.    Long-Term Wetting Action  EcoSoil's revolutionary non-petroleum, synthetic fluid properties control dust in the most extreme and intense-use situations by “wetting out” any soil or aggregate to create a long-term, re-workable solution that coats and agglomerates particulates, weighing them down, like water, without evaporating or freezing.  Environmentally Friendly  Not only does EcoSoil look, feel and smell pure, its purity keeps our environment, our ecosystems and most importantly, each of us, safe. Supported by hundreds of third party independent tests, EcoSoil patented, non-petroleum, based formulation with GTL technology, has risen to the top of the dust suppression industry for its environmental efficacy.  There is no environmental consequence to worry about when applying LandLocs’ products. We are dedicated to creating products that can be used safely and easily by a wide variety of industries. Each product has been lab and field-tested, ensuring that we are providing the purest, highest-quality dust control solutions on the market.  Our revolutionary  dust control products  are resilient and provide long-lasting results while consistently remaining eco-safe, biodegradable, water resistant, ultraviolet ray resistant, non-flammable and safe for humans, animals, vegetation and marine life.  EcoSoil, our synthetic dust control fluid, is made from clean and abundant natural resources. Its non-petroleum based formulation with gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology has risen to the top of the dust suppression industry for its environmental efficacy. From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to the EPA, EcoSoil’s continuous validations are extensive and thorough, documenting its significant performance over traditional petroleum oil products as well as its ultra-pure environmental efficacy.   How Does It Work?   EcoSoil is hydraulically sprayed over surfaces with any equipment that is capable of spraying water. As it penetrates the soil, EcoSoil coats, wets and agglomerates fine soil particles together, resulting in a re-workable, dust-free layer of soil that is engineered to withstand the most extreme weather and environmental conditions.  After application, the treated area is ready for use and doesn't require a cure time. Even under intense-use conditions, EcoSoil’s unique, self-healing and re-workable properties remain effective for long-term performance.

A revolutionary patented, state-of-the-art synthetic dust suppression fluid; engineered for today's most challenging intense-use dust control needs. This ultra-pure non-petroleum based fluid with GTL technology is made from clean, plentiful natural gas and is distinctively crystal clear, odorless and formulated to meet the highest standards of environmental efficacy. 

Long-Term Wetting Action

EcoSoil's revolutionary non-petroleum, synthetic fluid properties control dust in the most extreme and intense-use situations by “wetting out” any soil or aggregate to create a long-term, re-workable solution that coats and agglomerates particulates, weighing them down, like water, without evaporating or freezing.

Environmentally Friendly

Not only does EcoSoil look, feel and smell pure, its purity keeps our environment, our ecosystems and most importantly, each of us, safe. Supported by hundreds of third party independent tests, EcoSoil patented, non-petroleum, based formulation with GTL technology, has risen to the top of the dust suppression industry for its environmental efficacy.

There is no environmental consequence to worry about when applying LandLocs’ products. We are dedicated to creating products that can be used safely and easily by a wide variety of industries. Each product has been lab and field-tested, ensuring that we are providing the purest, highest-quality dust control solutions on the market.

Our revolutionary dust control products are resilient and provide long-lasting results while consistently remaining eco-safe, biodegradable, water resistant, ultraviolet ray resistant, non-flammable and safe for humans, animals, vegetation and marine life.

EcoSoil, our synthetic dust control fluid, is made from clean and abundant natural resources. Its non-petroleum based formulation with gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology has risen to the top of the dust suppression industry for its environmental efficacy. From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to the EPA, EcoSoil’s continuous validations are extensive and thorough, documenting its significant performance over traditional petroleum oil products as well as its ultra-pure environmental efficacy.

How Does It Work?

EcoSoil is hydraulically sprayed over surfaces with any equipment that is capable of spraying water. As it penetrates the soil, EcoSoil coats, wets and agglomerates fine soil particles together, resulting in a re-workable, dust-free layer of soil that is engineered to withstand the most extreme weather and environmental conditions.

After application, the treated area is ready for use and doesn't require a cure time. Even under intense-use conditions, EcoSoil’s unique, self-healing and re-workable properties remain effective for long-term performance.

Erosion Control in Land Development

Erosion and sediment control is an important part of how we protect the environment. Sedimentation (the settling of material carried by wind and water in to our waterways) can destroy fish habitat and affect our water supply, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities.

LandLoc has worked with the City of Calgary and Stantec for the past year on a pilot project to utilize EcoAnchor  for Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC). After almost a year of environmental, performance studies and field trials we are happy to say that EcoAnchor has been approved for Best Management Practices for Erosion and Sediment Control for Land Development in Calgary.

Gravel Roads & Dust

Dust churned up on gravel roads can pose a risk to surrounding communities and the environment. Proper dust control is about more than just clear air — it’s about clear decisions for citizens and businesses alike.

Anyone who has spent time driving on gravel roads (especially stuck behind another car or truck) knows firsthand just how frustrating road dust can be. Aside from reduced visibility and the potential safety hazards that accompany it, fugitive dust can have a negative impact on surrounding communities by reducing agricultural output (and therefore profits).

Thankfully, eliminating airborne dust is as easy as 1-2-3: surface stabilization, locking in fugitive particulate, and effective maintenance.

Stabilization

A preliminary concern when implementing a dust control system is identifying the primary source of dust in the first place. A lack of properly stabilized soil is often to blame for excess dust — an unpaved surface, without the proper treatment, can deteriorate and emit particulate into the surrounding environment. Thus, locking in these loose particles with an innovative road stabilization system is an effective way to prevent the surface breakdown that comes with heavy traffic.

And this is exactly what LandLoc's patented EcoHaul technology does. With the EcoHaul system, alternative binders are integrated with on-site soils to improve the structural integrity of the road. Not only does a stronger foundation increase the loading capacity of the road, but it also reduces traffic-generated dust by providing a solid sub-base for subsequent chipping and sealing. This reduces the rate of moisture penetration — a notorious destabilizer and dust producer.

Trapping Dust

When it comes to implementing a holistic dust control strategy, stabilizing the base of the road is just the start. Next, any loose particles from the surface of the road itself must be captured and retained using a seal coat on the finished surface. 

EcoHaul strengthens unpaved roads using innovative polymer emulsion technology that stabilizes the material on a molecular scale, regardless of wind, UV light, and other harsh weather conditions. This nanotechnology traps the dust while preventing water from destabilizing the surface, increasing the load-bearing strength of the road (which in turn prevents production of more dust).

Staying Proactive

Ultimately, the most important way to keep gravel roads dust-free in the long-term is by addressing the issue proactively and consistently. Neglected roads fall into disrepair and ultimately require new construction or significant repairs that are substantially more expensive and time-consuming than regular maintenance. Thus, it’s essential to develop a long-term strategy that includes scheduled applications and inspections, during which any necessary modifications to your customized dust control program can be made.

You can trust LandLoc's experts to develop that program and offer market-leading dust control solutions that serve your site’s particular needs well into the future.

Parking Lots

LandLoc’s EcoPad is a high performance alternative to cost prohibitive asphalt and concrete pads, parking lots or staging yards. Applying EcoPad’s unique nano-technology into lifts will stabilize soil, maintain the integrity of an area and eliminate dust caused by de-vegetation. Your surface will be stronger, more flexible, and will maintain its integrity when saturated with water.

Cost effective, easy to apply, and designed to perform, EcoPad’s technology has been used in a number of industries around the world. In fact, the United States Military has been using LandLoc’s EcoPad for soil stabilization, allowing airplanes such as Harriers, as well as helicopters to land dust free over sandy areas.  EcoPad is also used in the Middle East, where it is the Military’s number one choice for dust control.