Long Leaf Mall Bioretention Makes the Grade with NCSU

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What happens to all that rain after the recent downpours?  Well if you’re in a parking lot, a lot of things happen to the rain, and most of them aren’t good.  Parking lots – although helpful for shopping convenience – can become catch basins for indirect pollutants.  Trash, petroleum products from vehicles and sediment are just three of the potential hazards when carried from storm drains to watersheds closely located around any parking lot. We partnered with the NCSU Department … Read More

Welcome to Charleston, SC – Lowcountry Erosion Solutions

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  They don’t call it Lowcountry for nothing!  Along with cultural and historical significance, South Carolina’s “Lowcountry” earned its title from geographical phenomena also.  Shifting sands down here in Charleston, SC can cause some drainage problems to pop up in ponds, lakes and streams, particularly after hard summer storms.  And what is the number one pollutant in the U.S.?  The answer is sediment! While sediment doesn’t sound as detrimental as petroleum or phosphorous products found in runoff from parking lots or lawn fertilizers, it is … Read More

Stormy Weather Brings Pond Repairs To The Surface

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A couple of weeks ago there were some pretty intense rain bursts in Raleigh, Wilmington, Charleston and Charlotte and when Mother Nature talks – you stand up and listen!  Below are some of the results of those natural temper tantrums:   Fountain with three display heads broken off,  likely from quickly moving debris.   Riser clogged with debris that was collected from fast-moving water after a downpour. A bridge that became detached from its base and inadvertently became a floating dock. … Read More

What Kudzu Can Do – Preventing Damage To Dry Ponds

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Image courtesy of Dailykos.com These are two short clips (via before and after links) to show the damage that kudzu can do to a dry pond and its full restoration as performed by Dragonfly Pond Works.   When we arrived on the site, located in Charlotte North Carolina, we were greeted with a sea of green leaves…you wouldn’t even know that there is a riser at the bottom of this mess! Before – Dry Pond with kudzu Kudzu is a vine … Read More

Zika Virus Travels from Florida to North Carolina

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Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus Mosquitoes Image courtesy of the University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory By now you may have heard that Zika has made its way across the Caribbean to Miami, Florida, and now to North Carolina.  Currently the arrival of Zika in North Carolina has only been identified as being “travel-associated” cases – meaning individuals have traveled to an area infected with the virus that is not in North Carolina, have been bitten, and brought the … Read More