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You asked for it...We listened! We've put together sixteen (Yes 16!) of our premium erosion control training courses AND 16 PDH/1.6 CEU credits for a fraction of the price!

Subscribe and save to get exclusive access for an entire year to on-demand, educational webinars covering a wide range of erosion control topics—from urban erosion, ECBs and TRMs, and sediment control, to roadway erosion, BMP management, and vegetation solutions. Presented by thought leaders in the industry, including Dr. Jerald Fifield, Tina Evans, John McCullah, Gordon Keller, and Judd Goodman, our Erosion Control Course Subscription gives you instant access for the first time to learn new skills and techniques when you want, where you want.

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Hydromodification 101

Presenter: Judd Goodman​
According to the U.S. EPA, hydromodification—resulting from land use alteration—is one of the leading sources of impairment in our waterbodies. And if left unmanaged, causes increased channel erosion, sedimentation, planform migration, and baseflow alterations permanently damaging the surrounding environment and infrastructure.How can you predict and model the potential hydromodification impact on your site? And…how can you avoid or mitigate resulting damage?

Join Judd Goodman to explore hydromodification (key factors, modeling strategies, etc.) and a step-by-step approach you can use to predict, model, AND mitigate the hydromodification impacts and damage to your environment and infrastructure.

In this online training webinar, we'll start by diving into hydromodification, its root causes (e.g., land alteration, etc.), key factors affecting stream stability, and potential hydrologic and geomorphic outcomes. Building on this foundation, Goodman will lay out a step-by-step approach for predicting and mitigating hydromodification impacts by accounting for changes to the dominant controls on channel form (e.g., discharge and sediment supply) as well as the form itself (e.g., channel geometry and bed / bank material). Within this methodology, we'll discuss how you can properly characterize the four key factors controlling channel adjustment for both the pre- and post-disturbance condition, and how you can incorporate these characterizations as inputs to a long-term continuous sediment transport model. Using this model, Goodman will demonstrate how you can predict the likelihood of channel form adjustment based on the ratio of sediment transport capacity and sediment supply in the pre- and post-disturbance conditions. We'll then move to mitigation, taking a look at how you can use stormwater BMPs and stream rehabilitation to manage hydromodification and mitigate its impacts (channel erosion, stream degradation, biologic impact, etc.).  Goodman will present real-world examples of hydromodification management that have positively impacted water supply, quality, habitat, and public safety, and how you can utilize these techniques for your projects. And finally, we'll bring into context how these technical principles align with and meet current stormwater regulations.

Selecting the Best ECBs & TRMs for Your Project

Presenters: Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., PH, CPESC, CISEC & Tina R. Evans, PE, CISEC, CPESC
Erosion control blankets and turf reinforcement mats are an integral part of an effective sediment and erosion control plan…but they're not one size fits all.

Select the right rolled erosion control product (RECP) for your project! Join best-selling author and returning speakers, Jerald Fifield and Tina Evans, to explore the current erosion control blankets (ECBs) and turf reinforcement mats (TRMs) on the market (including their applications and limitations)…AND how you can assess and select the best product for your project.

In this online training webinar, we'll explore the erosion control blankets (ECBs) and turf reinforcement mats (TRMs) currently on the market, and assess their applications AND limitations. Within this discussion, Fifield and Evans will provide insight into the assessment and selection key elements (e.g., the different contributing materials, the importance of thickness, the use of substrate for hydraulic mulch, shear stress considerations, etc.), process steps and best practices, and ECB / TRM inspection requirements. In addition, Fifield and Evans will present examples demonstrating how to select the correct product to install in drainage channels for a "soft armoring" approach achieving sustainable stabilization.

Attendees of this webinar will walk away with the knowledge to thoroughly assess their rolled erosion control product (RECP) options and select the best solution for their project goals.

Urban Erosion and Sediment Control

Presenter: Brian McLane, P.E., CPESC
Controlling the erosion and sediment in urban areas can be challenging. Join Brian McLane to explore a new approach and the best practices in implementing erosion and sediment control (ESC) methods, practices, and applications in urban areas.

McLane will start the webinar with a discussion with how erosion and sediment transportation occurs and the basic terms used when discussing erosion and sediment plans. We’ll continue on to discuss how erosion and sedimentation differs from developed versus undeveloped land in terms of site hydrology, soils, site utility infrastructure, and impacts on the surrounding areas, with emphasis placed on the degradation of water bodies. And then, we’ll work through an example of the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) showing the effects of erosion and sedimentation on a small construction site and the benefits that can occur with proper erosion and sediment controls.

Additionally, McLane will discuss the site restrictions that can occur on an urban site and how to help mitigate those issues. We’ll explore erosion and sediment techniques that can be applied to urban construction sites ranging from siltation fence to site dewatering, and the best practices of each. And we’ll finish our webinar with a discussion of concrete washout areas and the associated problems that can occur when proper procedures are not followed.

Low-Volume Roads Engineering Best Practices

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
Across the world, almost 70% of our road infrastructure is classified as “low-volume”. When not designed and constructed correctly, these roads contribute to substantial sediment and erosion, cause slope instability, adversely affect the environment…and are statistically unsafe AND costly.

Join Gordon Keller for the first session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore low-volume road design best practices and mitigation measures for well-designed and constructed roads that are sustainable, cost-effective, and produce minimal environmental damage.

In this online training webinar, Keller will outline the best practices in low-volume road design and construction, including: project planning and location selection, safety considerations, drainage analysis, stable slope preparation and maintenance, and roadway material selection. Additionally, we’ll take a look at environmental impacts of low-volume roads (e.g., sediment and erosion production, slope instability, channel modifications, fish and wildlife impacts, etc.) and discuss the practical mitigation measures to counter these. Finally, we’ll discuss the available and coming innovative technologies and how to select and implement these to optimize your low-volume road design, construction, and maintenance, and save money. These technologies include: GIS Mapping, geosynthetics, trenchless technology, mechanically stabilized earth structures, biotechnical erosion and slope stabilization methods, and simple in-situ site characterization.

Sustainable Shallow Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
Shallow slope failures (e.g., raveling, cracking fills, erosion gullies, etc.) are far too common our along roadways and sites…especially because they're easily fixed (or avoided all-together).

Stabilize your slopes—effectively AND affordably. Join Gordon R. Keller in the 2nd session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore common shallow slope failures (typically found along roadways and sites) and how to effectively counter these with simple, sustainable, and low-cost stabilization and erosion control measures.

In this online training webinar, we'll take a look at the common shallow slope failures (e.g., slope instability, raveling, cracking fills, and erosion gully formation) found along roadways and sites and their cost and performance impact on your operations AND the environment. Addressing these issues, Keller will present several effective and affordable shallow slope stabilization and deep erosion control measures and techniques available, including: small gravity walls and geotextile-reinforced earth retaining structures; earthwork and drainage options; biotechnical slope stabilization measures; and additional effective methods for erosion control and avoiding water accumulation. 

Roadway Surface Drainage Crossing Structures

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
Poor roadway drainage is one of the leading culprits responsible for roadway infrastructure damage, increased maintenance costs, and roadside environmental impact. The solution? Get the water off the road surface quickly and effectively.

Join returning speaker, Gordon Keller, in the 3rd session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore the challenge of roadway drainage, the essential design elements and requirements, and how you can effectively apply available solutions (e.g., culverts, fords, bridges, etc.) and design best practices to better handle your surface drainage, reduce your roadway damage and maintenance needs, and improve your roadside water quality.

In this online training webinar, we’ll explore the importance of minimizing water accumulation on our roadways, and how you can apply the design elements and solutions to your design to accomplish effective drainage. Within this discussion, we’ll explore culverts, including their prominence within our roadway system and their unique challenges (e.g., plugging, bank erosion, overtopping, stream diversion, etc.), as well as outline culvert proper sizing, installation, alignment, bedding, compaction, and use of headwalls and end sections. Keller will also discuss low-water crossings and fords, their design requirements, advantages and disadvantages, as well as how when properly designed, these can offer a cost-effective alternative to culverts. Additionally, we’ll explore bridges and their associated challenges—both structural (e.g., hydraulic capacity, structural capacity, scour, etc.) and environmental (e.g., channel plugging with debris, streambank stabilization, changes in the channel)—and the available solutions to mitigate these issues. And finally, attendees will receive a useful set of references for addressing surface drainage issues, and the design and installation of culverts, fords, and bridges.

Road Environmental Impacts and Mitigation

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
As our roadways stretch across more and more of our landscape (over 2.5 million miles of low-volume roads in the U.S. alone), the environmental impact on water quality, wildlife, and vegetation is significant. However, through Environmental Analysis and proper planning we can minimize the negative environmental impacts of roads and increase their positive impact on our environment.

Join Gordon Keller in the final session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore the environmental impact of our roadways, and how you can use Environmental Analysis and engineering best practices within your projects to identify possible environmental issues, evaluate viable options that satisfy user/environmental needs AND are cost-effective, and incorporate key design elements and mitigations to minimize common environmental issues and impacts along your roadways and projects.

In this online training webinar, we'll explore the impact—both positive and negative—that our roadways have on the environment, and how through Environmental Analysis and holistic planning, we can mitigate the negative and promote the positive impacts. Within this discussion, we'll examine the theory, elements, and applications of Environmental Analysis and how you can use it to gain a thorough view of your project's impact. We'll take a look at the design and mitigations needed to address many issues such as water quality protection, traffic safety, wildlife protection, fish passage at culverts, noxious weeds, and invasive species along road corridors. Keller will also discuss the importance of good planning and how you can apply engineering best practices to evaluate your environmental issues and viable options, and incorporate the key design elements to cost-effectively meet your project goals and mitigate your environmental impact. Finally, attendees will receive a useful set of references that address the environmental issues and mitigation measures available for roads.

ABCs of BMPs: Buttoning Up Large Sites in Small Time

Presenter: John McCullah
Choose and implement the most cost-effective BMP and meet your performance and compliance requirements! Join Dirt Time host John McCullah, CPESC #311 to discuss the most practical, efficient, and cost effective methods for buttoning up a large site in a small amount of time. We’ll explore the issues, ABCs of BMPs, and practical uses of blown straw, straw, and compost blankets.

How can you comply, as well as choose and implement the MOST cost-effective BMP? Forester University and Dirt Time video training packages invite you to join Dirt Time host John McCullah in a discussion of a practical, down-and-dirty approach to choosing and implementing Best Management Practices with an eye on compliance and cost.

Designing Effective Construction Site Sediment Containment Systems

Presenters: Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., PH, CPESC, CISEC & Tina R. Evans, PE, CISEC, CPESC

It’s More Than Just 3,600 Ft.3/Acre!

In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that construction sites must have sediment containment systems (SCSs) with sufficient volume that can capture the runoff from a 2-year, 24-hour storm event creating 3 inches of precipitation…resulting in 1-inch or approximately 3,600 ft.3/acre of runoff. Unfortunately, 3,600 ft.3/acre only occurs for sandy soil conditions. What about the rest…is this enough?

Join returning speakers Jerry Fifield and Tina Evans as they explore this question, as well as the design best practices, techniques, computations, and analysis in designing effective construction site sediment containment systems.

In this online training webinar, we’ll explore the two most commonly misused parameters in the design and review of sediment basins and traps – containment surface area and volume, why the capture of 3,600 ft.3/acre may not be enough, and the parameters designers and reviewers need to incorporate into their sediment containment system design and review. Within this discussion, we’ll explore the basics of sediment containment systems, how suspended particles are captured, and the effective use of polymers within design. Additionally Fifield and Evans will outline the techniques, equations, and computations necessary in designing effective sediment containment systems, and how you can apply these to your designs and/or review. And finally, we’ll discuss how to properly analyze and evaluate sediment containment system effectiveness during flood flow conditions.


BMP Management for Surface Water Quality

Presenter: Shahram (Shane) Missaghi
Constantly influenced by natural eutrophication, direct human impact, and a changing climate, surface water is a scarce natural resource needing effective protection. Join Shahram (Shane) Missaghi to explore the function and benefits of BMPs in protecting surface water, and examine three key criteria to insure their successful implementation: water, soil, and climate.

Faced with protecting surface water from constant influences, water resource managers – the caretakers of these precious resources – face a series of complex challenges. Fortunately, tools and laws are available to address some of these challenges—particularly, the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in protecting our surface water from runoff.  Join Shahram (Shane) Missaghi of the University of Minnesota to explore our stormwater management and the specific tools to remedy associated issues.

This online training webinar will start with a close look at the global stresses influencing our surface water resources.  Missaghi will discuss a typical stormwater system with its conduits and storage areas, and how they are impacted by the excessive runoff at various points and levels within the watershed.  We will define and explain the function and benefits of a series of stormwater BMPs that are used to protect our natural resources.  Additionally, we will focus on the three key criteria to insure their successful implementation: water, soil, and climate.

In targeting the specific issues, we will first look how our solutions fit into the greater picture: “where does that water on my land come from, and where does it drain to?”  This webinar covers a number of approaches (e.g., watershed, treatment train, low impact development, or smart growth) used in implementing successful stormwater BMPs, as well as a discussion on how to counter over-reliance on any one BMP.

Designing Erosion Control Solutions for Extreme Storm Events

Presenter: Jill Pack, CPESC
Sponsored by: Tensar North American Green
Mother Nature has many weapons in her arsenal, and each year we see increases in the intensity and in the frequency of 100-year storm events. And with stronger storms comes an increased need for erosion control protection. Are you and your site ready for the next big one? And how can you be ready cost-effectively?

Join Jill Pack for a webinar exploring how to properly design and implement erosion control systems to effectively manage high-flow 100-year storm events using a natural vegetated approach. Discussion includes the latest in erosion control technologies and design tools, benefits compared to traditional designs, and how you can design and apply these new innovations to your projects.

In this online training webinar, we'll start by discussing the 100-year storm, its increasing erosion potential, and what this means for your site. Pack will then outline the latest in erosion control technologies (e.g., geosynthetics, scour transition, etc.) and design tools available for managing high-flow storm events with vegetated designs. Within this discussion, we'll dive into the details of using geosynthetic reinforced erosion control systems (including their designs, applications, and benefits) and explore how using a combination of erosion control systems and geosynthetic reinforcement solutions can improve your erosion control while cutting costs. Pack will also present a comparison of traditional versus naturally vegetated designs highlighting the differences in project cost, environmental impact, and installation time. Finally, Pack will present real-world examples, project site examples, and case studies of extreme storm events, the applications used to successfully mitigate erosion control issues, and how you can apply these to your site.

Using a combination of project site examples, simple design tools, and the latest in erosion control technologies, this course offers solutions for the reestablishment or the preservation of soils and vegetation for a wide range of applications.

Erosion Control Systems and Their Role in Green Infrastructure Designs  

Presenters: Jill Pack, CPESCGabriel Weaver, P.E.
Sponsored by:
 Tensar North American Green
In this online training webinar, we’ll explore various erosion control products and systems available for linear and waterway green infrastructure projects, and the environmental and cost-saving benefits. Using a combination of project site examples, simple design tools, and the latest in erosion control technologies, Pack and Weaver will offer solutions effective in the reestablishment or preservation of soils and vegetation on a wide range of green infrastructure applications including: bioretention, vegetated open swales, levee and floodplain management...just to name a few.

And, at a time when saving dollars seems as important to saving Mother Nature, we’ll also outline the cost-savings benefits that result when designing through a combination of erosion control systems and green infrastructure solutions.

Get the Dirt! Establishing Sustainable Vegetation with Biotic Soil  

Presenter: Michael Robeson, Ph.D., P.E., CESSWI, CPESC, CPSWQ
Sponsored by: Profile Products LLC
One of the biggest challenges to cost-effective erosion control is a lack of available high quality topsoil to insure rapid growth of sustainable vegetation on denuded sites. And, even if nearby sources are located, the cost of excavating, hauling, and placing topsoil can be exorbitant and time consuming.

Join returning speaker, Dr. Michael Robeson, for our webinar exploring Engineered Soil Media™ (ESM™) as a cost-effective alternative to topsoil, compost, and conventional organic soil amendments. Additionally, we’ll review the best practices to apply to your projects, including: how you can test your soil for organic content; select proper ESM™ application rates; calculate the cost benefits; and apply the best practices from the latest real-world case studies and results.

In this online training webinar, we’ll take an in-depth look at the innovations in Engineered Soil Media, its application opportunities within erosion control and vegetative growth, and its benefits compared to topsoil and conventional organic amendments. Within this discussion, Robeson will outline the formulation of ESM and how its elements work together to establish rapid, sustainable growth of vegetation on depleted sites with or without the use of topsoil. Building on this foundation, we’ll explore how you can assess, select, and successfully apply Engineered Soil Media to your sites. Robeson will demonstrate how you can test your soil for organic content and use this information to select the proper ESM application rate for your site. Finally, Robeson will walk through, step-by-step, how to estimate the costs (and cost-savings) of using ESM compared to topsoil and/or compost placement using a specialized calculator and established best practices with updated, real-world case studies.

Maximizing Erosion Control with Proper Material Selection 

Presenter: Michael Robeson, Ph.D., P.E., CESSWI, CPESC, CPSWQ
Sponsored by: Profile Products LLC
In recent years, a mass of emerging sustainable revegetation and erosion control products and technologies have hit the market. And with these new products, product selection methods, tools, and techniques have significantly advanced. So what solutions are available? And how can you evaluate and select the best product for your site?

Join Dr. Michael Robeson for a webinar exploring how you can use product selection pyramids tied to specific site criteria to evaluate your site conditions, assess the vegetation parameters, and ultimately select the best erosion control technology (e.g., HECPs, RECPs) to establish sustainable vegetation on your site.

In this online training webinar, we'll begin by reviewing the key design parameters and quantification methods for evaluating your site's conditions. Within this discussion, Robeson will cover the key design parameters, calculations, and tools / resources available to help you match the proper erosion control technologies to your specific site conditions and goals (e.g., erosion control, functional longevity, growth establishment, etc.). Building on this foundation, we'll take a look at Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs) and Hydraulic Applied Erosion Control Products (HECPs), comparing their differences, applications, and benefits, as well as how to choose the best product for your project. Finally, we'll round out our tour with several real-world examples of projects where rolled and hydraulic products were successfully selected and employed, and how you can apply the same to your sites.

Taking the Risk Out of Erosion Control 

Presenter: Jill Pack, CPESC
Sponsored by: North American Green
With unpredictable weather and so many erosion control products to choose from, it’s difficult to know which solutions perform the best AND are the least risky to you and your clients.

Join returning speaker Jill Pack, CPESC for a webinar exploring the latest erosion control technologies, and how you can select and apply these to your slope, channel, and waterway designs to reduce environmental risks AND project costs.

In this online training webinar, we’ll cover a combination of project site examples, design tools, and the latest in erosion control technologies to outline how you can minimize erosion control risks and reduce project costs. We’ll start with a look at typical project site erosion control risks and the factors affecting performance. Pack will then walk us through how to select and specify the best erosion control product mix for your project. We’ll take a look at the installation best practices, and how you can apply these to minimize risk and maximize performance at your site. Additionally, we’ll review the latest design tools and support, and how you can apply these to your projects to reduce your risk AND your costs. And finally, we’ll discuss how you can use natural vegetated designs to save money, natural habitats, AND onsite installation time.

Using Software for Successful Project Design   

Presenter: Matthew Welch, CESSWI
Sponsored by: Profile Products LLC
From drones to project software, technology has infiltrated construction and erosion/sediment control, maximizing our efficiency, and improving project success. The greatest impact? Coupling this new technology with field-tested fundamentals of revegetation and erosion control.

Join Matthew Welch, CESSWI to explore the latest in project design software; its parameters, calculations, and applications; and how you can put it to work at your sites with the Five Fundamentals to maximize your erosion/sediment control and revegetation success.

In this online training webinar, we'll start with a review of the Five Fundamentals for successful revegetation and erosion control, including: soil testing, species selection, product selection, installation, and inspection/maintenance. Welch will then introduce the online site design programs available, including their key parameters, equations, and real-world applications. Within this discussion, we'll review the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), Manning's equation, and the Maximum Shear Stress equation, and how you can use these equations and programs to estimate annual soil loss and calculate overland flow. Finally, Welch will outline how you can use these design programs coupled with the Five Fundamentals to examine your site's characteristics and significantly improve its erosion control and revegetation.


* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you one year access to the presentation(s) from the order date.

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