Soil Stabilization

At GES we strive to make products that help protect the environment and ensure a healthy world for today and the future. One area that we have been focusing a lot on lately is soil stabilization.

Soil erosion occurs naturally in almost every ecosystem. However, erosion is greatly exacerbated in areas where the soil has been disturbed by human intervention. There are numerous examples of this, a few of which are: the construction of roadways, new housing developments, installation of power lines, agricultural activities, and timber harvesting.

By some estimates, human activities have increased the rate of soil erosion by nearly 30 times the amount that it would naturally occur. Without proper soil erosion control, the impacts of this erosion are profound. Soil erosion causes:

 

  • Siltation of watercourses and water storages.
  • Reduction in water quality of creeks, rivers and coastal areas.
  • Contamination in ponds, estuaries, and watersheds as fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants runoff into waterways.
  • Disturbance or uprooting of plants and vegetation.
  • Road damage from erosion destabilizing the roadbase
  • Housing damage as silt and runoff can enter basements of homes following large storms.
  • Weakened soil structure and removal of water-holding hydrophilic layers, making areas more vulnerable during drought conditions.
  • Damage to water ecosystems affecting numerous species of wildlife.
  • Damage to municipal infrastructure from clogged water drains, choked spillways, etc.

 

To help combat this pervasive issue, Global Environmental Solutions has developed DirtGlue® polymer, an environmentally safe, powerful acrylic polymer emulsion specifically engineered to bond soil particles together, thereby stabilizing soil to provide a highly effective solution for soil erosion.

Traditional soil erosion control methods have been things like turf reinforcement mats, silt fencing, staked turbidity barriers, and rip rap (otherwise known as shot rock or rock armor).  These methods are reactive –put in place to catch the erosion after the soil is already on the move. Using DirtGlue® polymer properly means applying immediately after the soil has been disturbed and stopping it from moving before any erosion occurs. Thus using DirtGlue® polymer is proactive rather than reactive.

Silt fencing

Staked turbidity barrier

Turf mat

Rip rap

Each of these methods involve the installation of costly, unsightly man-made materials, that are not only a pain in the neck to put into place, but quite detrimental to the aesthetics of the natural area they serve to protect.

Unlike these methods, DirtGlue® polymer is an easy to apply acrylic polymer that leaves the natural landscape intact. With DirtGlue® polymer there are no fences, no rock piles, no obvious signs of human interference. The application of DirtGlue® is quick and easy. Using conventional hydroseeding equipment, preventing soil erosion with DirtGlue® is a snap. Just spray on and DirtGlue® acrylic polymer will go to work filling the microscopic spaces between soil particles as it penetrates into the affected area forming a tough, durable crust that keeps soil erosion at bay.

With superior bonding strength, high UV resistance for increased longevity, and superior hydrophobicity, DirtGlue® protects disturbed soil from turning into damaging runoff, providing a superior, cost effective, easy-to-use soil erosion control solution.

 

 

TerraDry Waterproofing Technology

Moisture: In so many facets of life, it can be a wonderful thing. In our natural environment it sustains plant and animal life and keeps things looking lush and green. In our homes, the right level of moisture keeps the air pleasant. Even in our bodies, the right level of moisture is required for proper functioning. Too little, and our skin gets dry and cracks and lack of correct percentage of moisture internally can create havoc. Our eyes become red and itchy. But there’s one area where moisture (especially too much of it) can cause some serious problems: roads and pathways or any hard surface that will receive traffic.

When it comes to building proper roads and pathways, moisture must be at a fairly precise level. While a range of 7-14% is acceptable in the base aggregate, around 12% is ideal. At this level, the aggregate is just damp, which is perfect for making a road. The issue that so often arises is that it is nearly impossible to maintain this percentage of moisture. Changes in the weather bring along wind, rain, elevated humidity levels, and temperature, which all impact moisture levels. When soil becomes wet, water molecules separate soil particle bonds, thus becoming destabilized, eroded, and muddy. When this occurs, load bearing strength is diminished and the roadway loses its solid foundation.

To combat this problem, we developed TerraDry®. TerraDry® waterproofing technology hydrophobizes soil and aggregate particles making them completely waterproof so there is no moisture penetration. With no moisture penetration there is no mud, no erosion, and no loss of structural integrity.

Up until now, fixing moisture problems in aggregate was a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Once a road or pathway became damaged, the only way to fix it was to dig it up, haul out the inferior aggregate, and replace it with proper materials. TerraDry® allows for the existing aggregate to be treated in place. As TD permeates into the capillary network of the inferior aggregate, it fills this network of moisture channels with resin, thereby transforming the poor-quality road base into strong, stable material. No need for digging and hauling, and no need for purchasing expensive, new material. Lowered environmental impact also results. It’s a win-win.

TerraDry® waterproofing technology is also an excellent choice in areas that go through a lot of freeze/thaw cycles in the wintertime. Equally (if not more) damaging than erosion is freezing. As thawing temperatures allow moisture to penetrate beneath the surface of a road or pathway during the day, this moisture then freezes and expands at night, cracking and heaving the road, and creating a serious issue for its stability and function. TerraDry® prevents capillary water uptake, eliminating the destructive force of freezing water.

With TerraDry® you can not only prevent costly damage from happening in the first place, but save time and money on any repair projects that may come your way.

Have questions about what TerraDry® can do for you? Give us a call. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help so that you can complete your next project with less worry, less time, and less expense. Contact GES today.

 

Polymer Pavement System

What makes for a good road? A smooth surface? Durability? No mud? No dust? Longevity? How about the opposite? What is it like to drive on a road that is cracked, bumpy, rough, and potholed?

It’s probably safe to say that we have all experienced both, and surely, we can agree that driving along a nice smooth road is a heck of a lot more pleasant.

So, why then do we so often encounter roads that are split and heaved? The answer is that they are lacking the full system that is necessary to keep them smooth and drivable for years to come.

When we created our Polymer Pavement System, we wanted to provide an optimal solution to this prevalent problem. With a forward-thinking approach, we created a more affordable, more environmentally-friendly paving system that produces a permanent, hardened driving surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of asphalt.

Let’s take a look at this system to examine how it works:

First, let’s turn to the word system and pull it apart a bit. When we look at a road, it is easy to focus only on the surface. After all, that is what’s clearly visible to the naked eye. However, beneath the surface there are multiple layers that each play a very important role in the overall performance of the driving surface. As you will see in the diagram below, a road is constructed of a subgrade, subbase, base, cap, and drainage system.

 

 

A properly built road is similar to an iceberg: what we see as the “road” is just the tip of something larger lying beneath.

The main issue with following this model is time and money. Traditional asphalt or concrete paving projects often neglect to pay full attention to each one of these important structural elements because it can be very expensive to do so. It takes a lot of time and money to remove inferior soil then haul in proper aggregate base material. Our Polymer Pavement System provides a solution to this obstacle by packaging these constituent materials into one comprehensive system, reducing construction time, and saving you money!

Global Environmental Solutions’ Polymer Pavement System is perfect for:

  • Commercial developments
  • Residential developments
  • Parks and recreation
  • Road building
  • Golf courses
  • Mining
  • Private roads

The next time you are looking to build a road, path, or extended driveway, do it right the first time. Contact GES for the optimal pavement solution.

 

 

What is Track-out?

Recently, the EPA published a number of statements declaring “track-out” as one of the biggest environmental violations within agriculture, construction, and mining. If you are unfamiliar with this term, you are not alone. In fact, one of the principal reasons the EPA has become increasingly vocal on this subject is to bring awareness to this often-overlooked issue.

In response to the growing trend to bring this issue into the spotlight, we offer this brief article to introduce you to the subject of track-out, explain the impact this can have on the environment when not managed properly, and how GES and its products such as DirtGlue® Industrial polymer have been specifically created to help safeguard industrial worksites from this hazardous and egregious violation.

Let’s begin with defining “track-out.” Simply put, track-out is the mud, soil, or other organic debris that gets carried out of a construction site, farm, or any other industrial area where the soil has been disturbed. As numerous vehicles, such as tractors, trucks, and trailers travel in and out of these areas each day, they track-out debris which then gets deposited outside of the work zones as it flings off of tire treads and mechanical components.

Ok, so what’s the big deal? Here’s the scoop…

As vehicles carry out and deposit this debris, it can find its way into storm drains, rivers, local watersheds, delicate grasslands, animal habitats…the list could go on. This is a particularly sensitive environmental issue when you consider that many industrial sites such as mines, quarries, or large farms are full of chemicals, fertilizers, and other compounds that pose a serious threat when they enter areas that they shouldn’t be in.

Although the EPA currently requires a SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan) to address the issue of stormwater, as it can sweep away pollutants from disturbed soil, the plan only really tackles the issue of track-out by embedding a requirement that each site have an exit pad that vehicles must cross as they leave the area.

Now, we’re not saying that an exit pad is a bad idea. Because when installed, used, and maintained properly, this can be a helpful measure. However, we would like to say that there is another, more advanced solution that goes straight to the root cause of this issue, which is the loose, disturbed soil itself.

Let’s pause for a second to ponder this question: If the loose soil is the root of this issue, then what if we could “un-loosen” the soil? What if the soil was firm and solid enough that it couldn’t be tracked-out?

It was this simple, yet profound realization that led us to developing DirtGlue®, a non-hazardous, high-tech bonding agent specifically engineered to bond soil particles together to form a tough, durable, three-dimensional matrix that functions like asphalt. As an environmentally-friendly product, DirtGlue® Industrial polymer contains no harmful chemicals, and will not adversely affect people, animals or aquatic life.

So let’s say that we’re beginning a new development project, and crews are moving in to begin to clear and grade the site. It goes without saying that this process will produce significant soil disruption. But now, imagine that we built a proper road into this new development area. We tamped and graded the soil perfectly, then applied DirtGlue® Industrial polymer to bond loose dirt making a stable, solid surface. What impact would this have? Well, you may have guessed it…it would significantly reduce track out. Effectively, by the time the construction vehicles reached the exit pad, they would have already had ample time to discharge any loose soil that they picked up in the active construction zone. The exit pad would then only have to take care of the small amounts of remnant left on the tires. As an added bonus, your development site will also look cleaner and more professional. It’s a win-win.

Since its inception, GES has been committed to producing the highest quality soil stabilization products to help buffer the environmental impacts of construction, mining, agriculture, and other forms of industrial enterprise. We take pride in what we do, knowing that when you choose GES, you are making a conscious, informed decision to take part in the growing movement of responsible, forward-thinking environmental management.

We hope that this article helped to raise your awareness of track-out, and provided you with some ease-of-mind knowing that doing your part to manage this environmental risk is as easy as picking up the phone and giving GES a call.

 

Trust ArenaKleen

The fundamentals of the horse track or horse arena are quite simply two things: Horse(s) and the track. And of course, there are the riders, trainers, spectators, facility personal, and whoever else might have found their way in. But we digress. We’re here to talk about the truth of an untreated track that is being pounded on by the hooves of the mighty horse.

That truth?

Horses stir up dust.

Right? Right.

All equestrian facilities have the same problem.

Dust is much more than just a nuisance – it is a true, known health hazard that harms:

  • the horse
  • the rider
  • the trainer
  • facility personnel
  • and any spectators that may be present

How do you combat this issue? Is your facility constantly under an umbrella of dust? Do you simply “add water” to the situation? Being mindful of not creating muddy terrain for the horse who needs ample footing in a given surface to perform at any high level?

There are many dust control agents on the market that you can gain access to and utilize as a working piece of the solution, but none of them have the track record of working as well or as long as ArenaKleen® – a solution we’ve worked tirelessly to perfect here at Global Environmental Solutions. Because when it comes to equestrian facility advancement the health of the physical building and terrain, horses, and humans need to be taken into all-encompassing consideration.

So we ask again, what are you doing to combat the issue of dust in your facility?

The most common answer/dust control agent is – as alluded to earlier – water.

Why?

Well, the simplest answer is, water comes at a very low cost. Sometimes (depending upon the source) it’s even free.

But is it?

Free is never free. There’s always a cost of some sort attributed to the notion of “free.” When it comes to utilizing water as a means of nullifying dust around an equestrian facility there exists a real cost…

What is that cost?

Well, it includes the following:

  • Water has an extremely short lifespan (usually measured in hours)
  • Repeated applications over and over and over again obviously increases labor significantly which is a cost
  • The short lifespan means no consistency in the “feel” of the footing which is essential to a horse’s well-being and consistency of performance
  • When water is applied at an application rate sufficient to completely control dust, the particles that make up the arena footing material actually become lubricated by the water, reducing shear and adversely impacting traction
  • As the water rapidly evaporates the footing changes from lubricated/slippery, to just right (for a short period of time), to dry, loose, and dusty, causing feel changes to each horse – jeopardizing performance
  • Poor arena footing condition can impact physical health of horses and humans which could be the cause for potential lawsuits if a grievance due to lackadaisical/half-hearted facility care is cited

ArenaKleen® is the best horse arena dust control product that safely, easily, for extended periods of time, eliminates the health hazards of dust. With ArenaKleen® dust suppressant, horses, riders and trainers can work safely and comfortably in the arena, stables, or anywhere dust is a problem.

With a single application of ArenaKleen® the footing feels dry but is never loose and dusty and shear is not reduced, so traction is retained, day after day, week after week, month after month – no water and constant consistency of feel and function.

Other horse arena dust control products just coat the dust particles; ArenaKleen® works differently. It’s formulated to absorb into each individual soil particle, meaning that soil particles remain in direct contact with each other, ensuring firm footing, no slipperiness and excellent traction with no stickiness, and thus no tracking.

For the health of your arena or track, overall facility and the lungs of all those taking in the air in the immediate space– trust ArenaKleen® and get back on the horse to healthy, bolstered riding – from casual riding to heated competitive showing or racing. With ArenaKleen® you’re in the winner’s circle every single time. Keep the water for the trough.