Fire Clean-Up: Erosion Control

As the rain gets underway, Sonoma County will have a new threat after the fires that decimated the area. The charcoal covered ground is susceptible to erosion due to the lack of vegetation holding it together.

Erosion is dangerous because it loosens the underlying layer of soil and can result in landslides. Erosion prevents vegetation from growing back and reestablishing a hold on hillsides.

There are a few solutions out there that can help with erosion control and the one that comes to mind usually first for anyone are straw wattles. Straw wattles are not the best solution because they will become heavy with water, produce odors from not being able to breath and eventually have weeds and grass grow into them and result in a labor intensive clean-up.

US Hydrotech provides a solution to this old way of doing business with erosion control. Ertec reusable wattles are sturdy, lightweight, efficient and economical. They can be installed with ease and allow water to filter through them as to not create backup which can produce odors.

There are many different variations of Ertec that can be custom made to the application as to provide the best possible solution.

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Porta-Pad: Santa Rosa Fire Clean Up

The firestorms that ravaged Sonoma County over the last few weeks have left devastation in their wake and now the long hard clean up begins.

The Porta-Pad is a versatile system built to withstand the most harshest environments.

During the fires, US Hydortech teamed up with North Bay Petroleum to help fuel fire vehicles and keep contaminants such as oil and gas contained in a safe area. The Porta-Pad was installed temporarily next to the fuel trucks so the fire trucks could drive on them and then begin the fueling process. Once the fueling process was complete, the fire trucks would drive off and continue their work.

A quick sweep with a broom helped keep the grass, dust and dirt separate from the oil and gas as to not create a hazardous material situation.

The Porta-Pad was installed quickly and was operational within minutes. It withstood the constant pounding of heavy fire trucks for two days straight.

It was then rolled up and taken away to be reused at the next location.