Prepare Yourself (and Your Budget) for Proper Park and Recreational Facility Care

Though we’ve been inundated with snow lately here in the Northeast, spring is, as they say, right around the corner. Well, from a technical standpoint, it’s here. That said, Parks and Recreation organizations here and around the country are prepping a piece of their annual budget to repair damaged and/or weathered elements of their facilities. There’s a lot of moving pieces and parts to a Park and Rec destination, and, quite literally, depending on environmental factors, these moving pieces and parts actually move.

If you’re in repair mode, what are the best solutions to avoid further damage and/or future washout and compromised hiking trails, ballparks, bike paths, landings, beachfronts, playground elements, etc.? If you’re in the process of planning a new facility or expanded facility offerings, how do you combat these potential environmental factors at the outset?

Global Environmental Solutions. That’s right. GES. Our suite of environmentally friendly DirtGlue® products are the ideal tool for tackling environmentally difficult obstacles.

There are myriad challenges with regard to how to treat the terrain in different parts of the park depending on how utilization of the varying pieces will be used.

You want to:

  • Eliminate dust
  • Have firm soil that isn’t being dispersed all over the place due to inevitable movement (of both the earth from wind and water erosion, as well as all of the various types of traffic pounding throughout the park, from feet to bikes, to cars, trucks, trailers and RV’s in parking areas…)
  • Have clean, aesthetically pleasing landscaping
  • Avoid potholes and other applicable dangers for people utilizing your facility

There’s lot to it.

Luckily, we’ve got the solution to best outfit all of the many “environments” that exist within the environment of a parks and recreation facility.

Consider the following:

DirtGlue Polymer® – Our flagship erosion control product fit for solid use in vast applications around a park and recreation facility. DirtGlue® polymer emulsion is a powerful, high-tech soil stabilization bonding agent specifically engineered to bond soil particles together. A non-hazardous product, DirtGlue® polymer contains no harmful chemicals, will not adversely affect people, animals or aquatic life.

TerraDry® – The ultimate solution to making the road less traveled, a safer and more stable option. The benefits of using TerraDry® are enormous. The use of “in-situ” cohesive and inferior soils saves time, expense, and resources. No longer is there a need to remove tons of inferior soil and haul it away to a landfill. Additionally, the cost of purchasing expensive aggregate is also eliminated. Your project costs are greatly reduced with roads back in service sooner with less disruption to the local infrastructure and population.

DustLess® – The name says it all. Where there’s dust, make it dustless. DustLess® soaks into the individual soil/dust particles and making them too heavy to move, thus eliminating dust and providing fugitive dust control. It does not form a crust and never evaporates, thereby being unaffected by traffic. DustLess® lasts a very long time, often giving you 9-12 months or more of dust control with one application.

ArenaKleen® – ArenaKleen®, like the aforementioned DustLess® product, eliminates dust. With this product, it makes for healthier environments around high impact, highly traveled paths and tracks. ArenaKleen® is formulated to absorb into each individual soil particle, meaning that soil particles remain in direct contact with each other, ensuring firm footing, and excellent traction with no stickiness, and thus no tracking.

DirtGlueDry® – Ideal for paths adorned with pavers, tiles, brick, whatever you’re using for footing and aesthetics. DirtGlueDry® is a powerful, high-tech polymer specifically engineered to be mixed with sand to eliminate washouts and erosion between pavers, bricks, patio blocks, and flagstones in walkways, driveways, patios, etc. The added strength helps keep the pavers in place and helps prevent weeds and all types of vegetation from growing in the joints and eliminate insects such as ants.

PotHoleGlue™ – Don’t just fill in potholes. Eliminate their existence and while you’re at it, their future existence as well. The three-component system boasts excellent bonding capabilities to fine particles, asphalt, aggregate, and other applicable substrate – sealing to the edge of the break. PotHoleGlue™ possesses superb curing characteristics at or above freezing temperatures, which is ideal during the winter months – the peak season for such road blemishes.

CompoMulch™ – When you start in on re-growing or improving on vegetation within your park and rec facility, you’re going to want something that helps those plants germinate and sprout quickly, healthfully, and safely. As is custom in all of our vast line of products, CompoMulch™ is a forward thinking solution to surrounding terrain and soil preparation as it pertains to hydroseeding and planting needs. While similar products exist in the market, our dutifully prepared “solution” which combines two preparation standards in vegetation development.

DGE Polymer Pavement System™ – If you’re thinking about paved surfaces for travel, think no further than our cutting-edge DGE Polymer Pavement System™. A road is not merely “pavement’. The DGE Polymer Pavement System™ consists of a solid foundation, a waterproofing agent (TerraDry® ) and a powerful, high-tech bonding agent (DirtGlue® Industrial). It is significantly less expensive to construct and maintain than Asphalt or Concrete while producing a permanent, hardened driving surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of Asphalt at the sample application thickness. It requires less construction equipment than asphalt or concrete by reducing the need to remove inferior soil and haul in aggregate base material, thus reducing construction time! It insures a durable smooth surface that resists erosion and traffic shear. This fully functioning system prohibits mud in the wet season and dust in the dry season.

MasonProof™ – If you’re looking for protection on any of your park and recreation facility structures at the foundation level, MasonProof™ is the answer. Engineers, construction contractors and builders deal with the destructive chemical reactions cement-based building materials suffer due mainly to the exposure to water, which acts as a reaction medium or solvent in this destruction. Film formers/barrier type technologies (coatings) have been widely used, but due to weathering and ultra violet exposure these coatings have limited lifespan and thus periodic reparative applications are required. This issue has been revolutionarily remediated with the all-inclusive protective properties of MasonProof™.

In short, we’ve got a whole lot of answers to your existing and/or potential troubles. All you need to do is give us a shout and we’ll get to work.

Building a Better, Stronger Road

We’re approaching springtime in the Northeast. The roads have been beaten and bruised with the (drastic) fluctuation in temperatures. Runoff and flooding from snowmelt increases soil saturation. If this saturated soil happens to be in the base or subgrade under the pavement then big problems occur. The result is an endless winding gauntlet of frost heaves, potholes, and cracked / uneven driving surfaces. It’s nothing new, but it is still, for whatever reason, a “newer concept” to tackle the issue at the source and attempt to prevent such drastic and costly repairs as the seasons change.

Roads are directly affected by the base plot of land they’re built on. They’re also affected by direct environmental factors such as nearby runoff and drainage factors. Therefore, and it’s likely obvious, the way you construct and maintain the terrain that immediately abuts any piece of a road is imperative. You can’t just flatten the surface and pour the asphalt. The soil should be made from aggregate of the proper gradation and it should be derived from crushed rock.

Road Building vs. Paving

Let’s start at the beginning. The main issue at hand is that most people simply look at the pavement and think “ROAD,” because that’s what shows. That’s “what’s on the surface.” With this attitude the end result is that they end up relying too much on – the pavement – without considering the other more important aspects that should go into any paving project. A road is not pavement. A road is a system of which the pavement is the top layer (much like the roof on a house is the top of a complete system of foundation, frame, walls, roof, etc. that make up the whole). See where we’re at with our thinking here?

In order to provide a pavement (which is what GES has created with our Polymer Pavement System), with good functionality along with a good lifespan, we need first to ensure a good base and good drainage, thus not relying on the pavement for strength but rather for consolidation of the surface aggregate such that there is no mud in the wet season and no dust in the dry season…

If the surface to be paved requires better load bearing, this can be accomplished using geosynthetics. The side benefit of the geosynthetics is better drainage as well. Have questions about geosynthetics? Call us. We have a warehouse full of answers.

When it comes to road building versus simply paving, it’s possible to have 2 – 3 inches of pavement (polymer, asphalt or concrete), which will support nearly any load if the base and subgrade are stable and well drained. It’s not feasible to rely on 4 inches or more to support any load if the base and or subgrade are poorly stabilized or poorly drained.

With Global Environmental Solutions, you’re taking a giant leap towards constructing roadways that are created with a correct, proactive approach the first time. We proved products that serve roads that are built to last.

And again, remember, a road is more than just a surface you drive on, and said strip of pavement is potentially compromised by any surrounding ecological variable. Look around. Is there a parcel of land running downward towards the roadway? If yes, that’s direct route for runoff and erosion to occur – eating away at your road and creating potentially disastrous driving conditions.

Products for consideration:

Contact GES today. We’ll help you design, plan, and construct the best road you can build, at a cost you can appreciate. Not only are you saving upfront, but on the backend as well. Forward thinking is the most sensible thinking. And thinking ahead leads to the road best travelled. (Or is it, best road travelled? – Pun fully intended…)

Ruling the Green on Your Golf Course

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Spring is right around the corner. For some, that means little, but in the northern third of the world, Spring is everything. Longer days, warmer weather, and new beginnings. For many it also means a return to the golf course and navigating the terrain to retrieve our often-misguided ball. We’ll blame 9-iron.

Speaking of golf and “new beginnings,” here’s an open-ended question (or two) to ponder:

How does your course stack up to the competition? How does it go to work for you (in helping to maintain a healthy bottom line)?

It all starts with the terrain – because let’s face it, what else is there? (Besides the clubhouse…)

A large percentage of a golf course/club’s revenue is invested right back into the maintenance/upkeep of the course itself, as it should be. It can seem like a never-ending cycle, because, for all intents and purposes, it is. But there’s a solution. And, you guessed it, it involves Global Environmental Solutions. Allow us to enable you a harder working, and greater return generating operation.

With our products:

We can help bolster the quality of your playing surfaces, and minimize the damages associated with continuous traffic (foot, cart, or otherwise…)

Our DirtGlue solution, for instance, can turn your loose soil or aggregate into a solid pathway for impending traffic and play. We’ve all seen the areas at courses that are roped off or areas that come across as a bit suspect in their trampled, weathered appearance. Utilizing our suite of products designed specifically for your course will give you a greater foothold for your patrons and set the stage for no washouts which are a huge issue at courses around the globe – due in part to the naturally existing ecosystem around the course, and the fact that a lot of water is used to keep that terrain thriving and looking good.

Let’s get to the point:

Initiating with Global Environmental Solutions can save you at least 50% on installation costs and a staggering 80% on maintenance costs annually.

The benefits of utilizing Global Environmental Solutions product line to bolster your golf facility:

  • Cost savings
  • Increased bottom line
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Added safety for patrons
  • Added safety for grounds crew
  • Improve overall aesthetics of the course

Spending too much time in a revenue sucking sand trap you can’t escape? Give us a call today to learn more about the many ways we can help you and your club! We can’t guarantee a lower handicap, but we can promise lower expenses, which leads to more fun on the fairways and a lot more vibrant greens.

Thoughts on Safer Mining Environments

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Mining is one of the oldest industries in the world. And, it will remain one of the backbones of our economy and that of many other nations long beyond our lifetimes. That said, one of the recurring trends in the U.S. media is the often adverse working conditions for employees as well as the ever-present concern about damaging the environment.

Here’s the good news:

Good environmental practices and mine safety are easily attainable and is far more affordable than you might think. And, while you may have needed several different contractors to meet regulations before, Global Environmental Solutions (GES) is your one-stop-shop to meet and exceed environmental and site-safety specifications.

Areas you can utilize our products:

  • Above ground and under ground haul roads
  • Capping above ground tailings/stockpiles
  • Tailing dams
  • Pond lining
  • Stabilizing backfills
  • Re-vegetation
  • Crushers
  • Conveyors
  • And many more!

The activity of mining means the creation and existence of dust. It affects everything from the surrounding ecosystem, to the lungs of miners, to the health of equipment, and surrounding communities due to environmental shifts (wind), etc. That said, all mining sites are unique, so you need a partner that can provide a solution that takes care of all-of-the-above customized to your site’s needs.

GES dust suppression products we’ll use to shape your solution:

DustLess®

  • Dust control for any dirt driving surface (continuous traffic, high traffic, heavy traffic)
  • Underground mining operations
  • Non-aqueous tailing pond dust control (for below freezing temps)

DirtGlue®

  • Erosion control
  • Stockpile capping
  • Sediment control
  • Stockpile sealing
  • SWPP management plans
  • Embankment stabilization
  • Contaminated soil containment
  • Eliminate TSS in storm water run-off
  • Dust control on non-driving surfaces
  • Replace conventional tackifier in Hydro-seeding applications
  • Tailings ponds

CompoMulch™

  • Re-vegetation for permanent erosion control and dust control

Our products can be used to develop dust management, sediment control and stabilization for your unique requirements. Our DustLess product is absorbed by the dust particles, which stabilizes them and keeps them from entering the air and getting swept about. DirtGlue, which is an acrylic polymer, is applied to non-traffic areas such as soft shoulders and adjacent stockpiles and embankments. The polymer forms a tough protective crust that stops the dust created by the vacuum effect of passing vehicles. When applied to stockpile and embankments, DirtGlue also protects against sediment runoff as well as wind and water erosion issues. If revegetation is needed DirtGlue polymer can be used as a tackifier in conjunction with CompoMulch to vegetate nearly any surface of nearly any soil type.

Coal Bunker Sealing

DirtGlue polymer stockpile capping and sealing is the antidote to the oxidation and moisture that leads to spontaneous combustion in coalbunkers. Keeping coalbunkers sealed mandates an effective, reliable air-blocking system. Sealing coalbunkers is, of course, more necessity than choice. Air circulating through the coalbunkers is a precursor to spontaneous combustion, a serious danger to a power plant, its employees, and the value of the stored coal itself. The spraying of DirtGlue polymer on stockpiles or bunkers causes the formation of a thin crust much like a spray-on tarp to act as a seal against water and air. This protective seal helps prevent fire, dust, erosion and loss of BTU’s.

Benefits:

  • Eliminate air and water penetration
  • Control dust through encapsulation
  • Minimize oxidation to prevent spontaneous combustion
  • Prevent costly coal bunker fires
  • Slow coal deterioration and water absorption that can reduce BTU value
  • Get the desired results without the higher cost of nitrogen injections

Further, when it comes to the transport of mined coal we can help with transportation efforts of the resource, as statistics show that a typical 3-5% loss of coal is experienced during transport from the mine. This can be avoided by “capping” the train or truck hopper hauling the load with one of our environmentally friendly spray-on solutions.

Are you in the mining industry and looking for ways to maximize safety, minimize environmental impact, all while simultaneously increasing profits on an extracted haul? Contact us today and let’s work together to come up with the customized solution to best fit your unique situation.

Minimizing Damage Before and After Wildfires

There has long been a lot of conversation surrounding the existence of wildfires and the damage they cause landscapes and surrounding environments such as the air and possible water sources, etc. Here in the United States, wildfires were of massive concern and all over the news on the West Coast. In fact, just this month (December, 2017), fires surged through Sonoma County, California devastating 28,000 acres of land, causing over 20,000 evacuations, killing at least 17 people, and leaving widespread devastation in it’s wake. These fires are not uncommon.

Why does this matter?

Well, wildfires can be much more widespread in scope than just the immediately effected area. For instance, when vegetation that provides food, heat, water, clean air, lumber, and more uses gets is lost in these tragic infernos, it’s inevitable that surrounding communities, and far-reaching places will feel the effect of these losses. For one, it’s an obvious net loss, and, consequently, resources need to be pulled in from elsewhere to make up for the loss.

So, the question is, how do we minimize damage of these freak occurrences? Is it possible?

The short is, “absolutely.”

But it’s a study. And a serious one at that. It’s something the requires taking a close look at landscapes and the inherent makeup of land that is more often subject to wildfires than others. For instance, wildfires thrive off of dry and arid conditions. So, an obvious first line of thought is in the soil – which of course is something we’re very into here at Global Environmental Solutions. Not only does the soil play a direct role into the fertileness of vegetation and of “life” in general, it also can play an important role in spread of fires.

For instance, making an attempt at maintaining a level of moisture in soil can help retard the spread of wildfire. This can be achieved with an application of products such as our DirtGlue® soil stabilization solution which aides in “compacting” soil and keeping it bound together more succinctly to hold in moisture and cancel out pockets that can further dry out surrounding terrain. Our CompoMulch® hydromulch blend solution can also help lock moisture in and aide in the development of more fertile environments for the spread of vegetation which can consequently add more tempered degrees of humidity and moisture to there air and soil – which, as we know, fire does not like.

Another study is in how a terrain slopes and slides. By building up terrain in areas you can legitimately change the course of potential wildfires, which will greatly decrease spread and saturation of flames – giving firefighters more of a fighting chance of remediating a threat.

As is evident, at the heart of all this talk about wildfires is the effect such a development can have on an ecosystem. A healthy ecosystem is vital to sustain life. Minimizing damage by generating preventative measure is a thought worth pondering. And, if you are hit with this type of devastation, getting an ecosystem back up and running at a healthy rate is a must. Our solutions can help you germinate and get vegetation back in production, which will help pump life back into an existing ecosystem.

If you’ve put thought into it, give us a call to learn how we can help facilitate stronger, healthier results. If you haven’t thought about it, now’s the time – we’re here to help consult you through the ins, outs, and potential throes of wildfires.