South Florida Water Management District Holds Competitive Erosion Technologies Testing

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Florida's Issues with Soil Erosion have SFWMD conducting competitive demonstration of erosion control in Palm Beach County, Florida

Since the 1920’s scientists have been creating mathematical models for understanding the mechanisms of soil erosion and resulting sediment and surface runoff, including an early paper by Albert Einstein applying Baer's law; because of the rotation of the earth, in the Northern Hemisphere, erosion occurs mostly on the right banks of rivers and in the Southern Hemisphere on the left banks.

Excessive erosion can produce ecosystem damage, loss of soil and flooding in critical areas. Storm water runoff if not properly managed will cause impairment to our Aquifer. Keeping water close to where it falls and letting it soak to support natural vegetation and recharge the Aquifer will virtually always keep erosion from getting started in the first place. Therein lies the purpose for field tests being conducted by South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Technologies being tested of several manufacturers are currently underway.

One of the technologies being reviewed is by Mr. Jim Motz, a farmer and entrepreneur, who invented a product called Flexamat that consists of concrete shapes, locked together with a high strength, polypropylene geogrid. Developed to be a cost effective solution for unprotected soil that allows native plants or turf to grow through the opened end geogrid. “When you see Flexamat work allowing the natural vegetation grow and living organism's thrive, you will see that Flexamat is the most cost effective product on the market to prevent erosion”. Jim Motz

Not one to back down from a challenge, Motz is installing Flexamat next to competitive products, has engaged the use of a motor boat to simulate wave action for a publicly held demonstration in Palm Beach County, Florida on Thursday, March 31. Motz believes Flexamat will lower the overall costs for canal maintenance and achieve the program objectives of eliminating erosion from canals.

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