We all know what erosion is and for the most part, we can determine how or why it happened. Whether it’s land that’s experiencing tremendous runoff because its slope is too dramatic or a channeling of water that has weakened the land around it, causing it to fail, erosion varies in its intensities and effects.
But why exactly is erosion so troublesome, outside of major catastrophes like mudslides and sinkholes? Take a look at a few of the more common problems caused by erosion and the benefits of using Cable Concrete® for erosion control.
The world of agriculture is significantly impacted by numerous forms of erosion and, if not kept in check, erosion can all but ruin farmland. Here are some of the problems erosion can create on an agricultural scale:
- A reduction in the ability of the soil to store water and nutrients. Because erosion constantly pushes land away and replaces it with underlying land or eroded soil, there’s no chance for the existing soil to store or retain any of the necessary substances for proper agricultural growth.
- High runoff rates also contribute to a lack of water and nutrients because water is shed rapidly, preventing it from being absorbed by the soil.
- Silt deposits make it hard for crops to grow, lessening the health of those that do manage to take hold.
When man-made buildings are constructed in areas where erosion can become a problem, it’s quite often that Cable Concrete® as erosion control will be utilized to prevent the following problems from developing:
- Damage to roads, caused by erosion of the soil underneath the infrastructure. This can cause bowing or dipping in a road, leading to extensive repair costs and damage to automobiles.
- Dam and dike protection is another common use for Cable Concrete® because these areas are constantly under duress when it comes to fending off erosive conditions. Because dikes and dams are built directly to the earth, any subsequent damage to the surrounding land through erosion can compromise the integrity of a damming system.
- Urban developments, particularly those with basements or whose foundation extends deeper into the earth are at risk of being compromised by erosion and runoff. Erosion control systems placed around these areas mitigate shifting land, which can in turn fortify the structure of a nearby building.
Like dams and dikes, the banks of waterways are constantly under duress because of their interaction with water and moisture on a constant basis:
- Rivers that are at the bottom of a slope are likely to experience runoff from the surrounding lands, which can in turn cause a compromise of the banks, wherein they break away or slide into the river over time.
- Runoff from lands surrounding lakes and rivers can bring with it a tremendous amount of debris and other runoff materials, which serve to lower the quality of water in that area. Erosion control systems prevent that debris from ever reaching the waterway, effectively keeping it as clean as possible.
The uses of Cable Concrete® for erosion control from IECS are limitless in areas where runoff is likely and probable. Implementing an erosion control system can greatly benefit waterways, municipal construction projects and agricultural developments, among others.