BIOENGINEERING WEBINAR at IECA Learner Community

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Here is a picture of my Grandpa John McCullah and his brother Ed BIOENGINEERING the eroding banks of the Kings River, near Hanford CA, back in the 1910s !!

Also look at the second picture of them “checking out their work during the floods.  That is a sign of a “good practitioner”, one who visits the site during storms to see what can be improved upon.


 

At that time, little did my granpa know I’d be doing similar work a 100-years in the furture. This type of construction for slope and streambank stabilization is keenly intersting to me.  I have been designing and implementing projects with these methods for over 20 years now.  I started with the willow “live” stake, then did everything with the “willow wattle”.  By the way, do you know where the term STRAW WATTLE originated ?

Later I became interested in “Live Brush Layering”.  This webinar really covers the key priciples and concepts about BIOTECHNICAL SOIL STABILIZATION that I have learned over the last 20-years.

I have built projects using these naturally-occuring and sustainable methods in Canada, Alaska, California, Kansas, Malaysia, and New Zealand.  Learn more about Bioengineering, where and how did these evolve. 

https://ieca.learnercommunity.com/products/1150/bioengineering-and-biotechnical-soil-stabilization

 

Repairing a huge landslide (the “Big Sandy”) in Seschelt BC back in 1999.  Using Willow Wattles and Brush-Layered Toe Wall.

 

Did you know that Caltrans published a Manual in 1950, which detailed the use of brushlayering and willow “wattles” for building highway embankments and fill slopes.

 

 

This highway manual was preceeded by the work of Charles Krabel, circa 1937, Landscape Architect for Forset Service in So. California.

 

 

 

 

Learn some of the history of Bioengineering in the west.

 

How do you build fill slope embankments steeper that the angle of repose?  Engineering principles say to mechnanically reinforce.  Learn how to combine naturally-growing materials into your desigm, biologic materials that CAN continue to grow soil reinforcing roots that help not only stabilize but also reduce pore pressure on wet slopes!

 

This Webinar will also discuss topics in Natural Succession and the value of “mimicing” natural systems.

This program is a must for those of you who are challenged to knowlegably offer justifications for adding bioengineering compontnets to your projects.  Also a “must” for those who want to see case studies that describe successes (and some failures) on projects that have survived the test of time.

This webinar will be super interesting to those of you already familiar with Bioengineering but it is also intended to give you a huge “first step” into BIOENGINEERING and BIOTECHNICAL TECHNIQUES for SLOPES and STREAM BANKS.

Hopefully you interest is piqued.  Sign up for the Webinar now and also Professional Development Units.

 

 

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FREE – Limited “Preview”  of  John McCullahs BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNICAL SOIL STABILIZATION

 

This free course of the preview is only available for a limited time.

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If you like the course and want to receive credit of 0.1 CEU, then enroll with DirtTime here, or IECA here.

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By John

John McCullah has an AA degree in Biology and a BS in Watershed Geology. He has CA contractors license since 1990 and has been performing erosion control and restoration work for over 25 years. John has been a Certified Community College Instructor since 1996, developing curriculum and teaching at Shasta College in No. California. John is a recognized expert in erosion control, stream and watershed restoration, and technical training. He has had specialized adult educator training while teaching state-wide storm water courses for California Department of Transportation - from 2001 through 2011. John is also certified as a QSD and QSP (Qualified SWPPP Developer and Practitioner) and he is a Trainer of Record for these CA professional requirements. He has authored 3 complete Best Management Practice Manuals and helped develop new BMPs with California Department of Transportation Division of Landscape Architecture, particularly Steep and Adverse Slopes. John has been teaching professional development courses for IECA since 1996. His popular ‘Best of the BMPs’ course is constantly being updated to reflect new technology, materials, and practices. The Dirt Time video series was produced as a means to present hands on learning experiences to the classroom. There are now over 15 Dirt Time episodes and 50 video clips available. John has designed and built many environmentally-sensitive river and stream projects over the last years, projects ranging from California to Alaska, and Alberta Canada to New Zealand. As an academic and practitioner with dozens of case studies and Dirt Time clips, John’s trainings are filled with first hand, practical experiences. He recently co-authored Bioengineering Case Studies - Sustainable Stream Bank and Slope Stabilization published in 2015 by Springer.