Erosion Control
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ompost Based erosion control has been and is being used on thousands of projects nationwide. Using compost to revegetate areas makes perfect sense, since it is an excellent growing medium. But where compost really shines is it's low erosivity, even prior to vegetation establishment. The forest floor is the least erosion prone natural ground cover, and what we are doing is mimicking the forest floor on eroded areas. A compost blanket can actually provide more immediate erosion control than laying sod, because of the intimate ground contact which is achieved upon installation. Compost is a bio-based, annually renewable product. It will absorb over 100% it's weight in water, and then slowly releases it back into the soil, creating a more drought resistant and drought tolerant vegetation solution. With the invention of tubular mesh products for compost containment, an entire "toolbox" is available for erosion and sediment control. As a bonus, compost possesses natural bioremediation characteristics, which means as it filters out sediment, it can also bind phosphorus and hydrocarbons, and over time change the hydrocarbons chemically to inert compounds. This has been proven in numerous research studies by universities, independent labs and the USDA and EPA, who now recommend compost over silt fence.

Pulte Homes contact Leewei (pronounced Leeway) Lin in Colorado- is specifying Filtrexx tools in all their communities there- inlet protection, silt fence alternative, vegetated filter strips. He said it will be fine to contact him by e-mail

Please link below to Project examples:

  Bear Rock Road
  Blue Ridge Parkway Project
  Cades Cove, Tennessee
  Mills River Streambank Project
  New River Gorge Project
  Transylvania EWP Project

ethods Include:

Compost Filter socks- to replace silt fence or slow water velocity on slopes- may be seeded or unseeded.
Click here to see pictures

Compost Ditch Checks – to replace rip rap or hay bales to slow water in ditch channels- may be seeded or unseeded.
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Compost Blankets – to replace hydroseeding, coir, jute, and other blankets
Click here to see before/after pictures

Compost Blankets – Blue Ridge Parkway pictures
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Compost Berms – replace silt fencing, slows runoff, filters and bioremediates
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Stream bank Stabilization – using blankets, socks, “living walls”
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lick here to be linked to articles which have been written in Stormwater, Land & Water, and Public Roads about our project on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more about our Blue Ridge Parkway Project in Public Roads Magazine at
and in Stormwater Magazine at
and in Biocycle Magazine (October 2002) at (note: you will need to have Netscape to down load this pdf.)

In the May 2003 issue of Biocycle Magazine, an article on page 48 details an Iowa State University research project on compost blankets. Click here to download (about 4 min for dial up connection) Studies - BioCycle March 2001.pdf
Click here to be linked to the Filtrexx website, which contains even more information about these technologies.

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