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Chicago Tribune Feature – North Barrington Eton Park
ENCAP, Inc. was recently featured in an April 5, 2016 publication of the Chicago Tribune, regarding our involvement with a restoration plan for North Barrington’s Eton Park woodlands. ENCAP’s Maintenance Coordinator/Ecologist, Samantha Melton, was interviewed for the article, and provided input on the current conditions, challenges, and proposed restoration plans that aim to return Eton Park to pre-settlement […]

Centennial BioBlitz Final Report – Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
For 24 hours starting on Friday, June 26, 2015, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) hosted a Centennial BioBlitz, during which professional and citizen scientists surveyed 3,700 acres across four forest preserves to document the plants and animals that live there. Several ENCAP, Inc. employees participated in the event, serving as professional scientists to help identify […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Polyacrylamides for Erosion and Sediment Control
How do I get my dirty water clean? This episode shows you the answer! The first of a series of episodes on Polyacrylamides (PAM) will cover some of the principle features and facts about the practice. It will serve as a general overview of some of the basic uses for PAM and the history of […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Vegetated Soil Lifts
Welcome to the next episode of the ENCAP – Erosion Control Minute. This episode is a follow up to our last streambank stabilzation episode which featured stone toe protection. This episode covers vegetated soil lifts, which are often utilized in conjunction with stone toe protection. Geogrid reinforced soil lifts provide an encapsulated soil layer which […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Stone Toe Streambank Stabilization
Ever wonder how stone toe streambank stabilization is constructed on a project, or how that base of stone above a vegetated bank stabilization is put in place? This episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is for you! This episode features one method of stone toe streambank stabilization. In this project, a layer of stone […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Shoreline Stabilization
Is the detention basin in your neighborhood in bad shape? Do you have turf shorelines that are eroded and falling into the pond? Be sure to watch this episode of the ENCAP – Erosion Control Minute. This episode features a retrofit of a turf grass shorline with native seeding and varied erosion control practices. The […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Diversions
This episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a temporary runoff control measure. Temporary diversions are very useful practices especially on sites that remain disturbed for long periods of time, sites with steep or long slopes, or in areas where highly sensitive environmental areas occur close to disturbed construction areas. Be sure to […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Stream Crossings
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a critical practice when working around streams and waterways. A well constructed and planned temporary stream crossing can be the difference between a project done on time and in compliance versus one that is inefficient and in violation of NPDES and US Army Corps […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Sediment Traps
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a standard sediment control practice which is applicable on most any construction site. The use of temporary sediment traps to contain runoff and capture sediment is a tried and true sediment control practice. Temporary sediment traps are applicable for small drainage areas and designed […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Silt Curtains
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a critical sediment control practice when performing streambank and shoreline work. Silt curtains or turbidity curtains are an often misused and misunderstood practice, but when used effectively can be your last line of defense between your work area and a sesitive water body. Be […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – USEPA ELG Final Rule
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will break down the final rule on the Effluent Limitiation Guidelines for the NPDES construction general permit by the USEPA. While the state of Illinois is still three years away from the expiration of the statewide NPDES permit, the USEPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines will serve to […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Structural Streambank Stabilization
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is the second in a two part series on streambank stabilization practices. This final video will focus on some of the practices and strategies utilized in stone and hard armoring practices. The focus of these practices are on energy dissipation and redirection of stream velocities to […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Vegetative Streambank Stabilization
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is the first in a two part series on streambank stabilization practices. Our first episode will provide a general background of a recently completed streambank and floodplain restoration project in Winnebago County, IL. This episode will detail some of the project conditions prior to starting work […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Stabilized Construction Entrance
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will examine the installation of a stabilized construction entrance. We will take a look at proper geotextile fabric underlayment, stone sizing, placement, geometry, and a few advanced practices for those particularly challenging sites.

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Silt Fence Installation
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will examine an old stand by in the erosion and sediment control industry – silt fence. While this may be the most basic and standard sediment control practice out there, successful installation requires a few critical components. Be sure to tune in to this tune-up episode […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Building Pad Stabilization
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will examine the more subtle points when stabilizing building pads or disturbed areas with poor soils. While a previous episode of the Erosion Control Minute showed some of the results of temporary seeding operations over time, this episode will address more of the details of the […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Erosion Blanket Selection
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will take a close look at different types of erosion control blanketing. Erosion Control Blankets come in just about every shape and size and there are many varieties of blanket available in the SESC industry. This episode will cover some of the basic items that you […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Straw Mulching
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will examine a common practice for seeding and large area stabilization. Straw Mulch application on disturbed areas is a tried and true erosion control practice that has been a staple in the erosion and sediment control industry since its inception. While not applicable in every situation […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Compost Logs
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will examine an alternate sediment control practice to traditional silt fence. Compost best management practices have been used extensively throughout the Midwest as both erosion and sediment control measures. In this episode of the Erosion Control Minute we will examine the use of compost filter logs […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Ravine Restoration Revisited
The first 2009 episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will take a look back at the project featured in the first epidsode of the Erosion Control Minute. As follow-up is one of the most critical elements of evaluating the success of failure of any project, we will visit the site of ENCAP’s ravine restoration […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Effluent Limitation Guidelines
We will be taking a close look at the recent publication of the USEPA’s Proposed Effluent Limitation Guidelines. This proposed rule, which was put on public notice in late November, is intended to set more stringent standards on the quality of stormwater discharged from construction sites. This important document, proposes to establish numeric turbidity standards […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Sandbag Inlet Protection
We will be examining the installation of an alternative inlet protection practice. Utilizing sandbag barriers or J-Hooks can capture stormwater runoff on sloped roadways and minimize flooding of downstream inlets. Gravel bag or sandbag inlet protection devices are popular in other parts of the nation, and this rarely utilized method of inlet protection can help solve […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Ditch Checks
We will be examining the finer points of installation and maintenance of temporary ditch checks in a vegetated swale. On-site, we will examine a geo-ridge ditch check product and cover the keys to ensuring that this BMP is selected and installed properly to manage both erosion and sediment control on construction sites. Temporary ditch checks, […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Slope Drains
We will be on-site in Southeastern Wisconsin as we examine the use of temporary slope drains on a project. Temporary slope drains are extremely effective erosion control practices that utilize temporary surface drains to manage stormwater runoff during construction. This often overlooked practice can make the difference between severe gully erosion and a stable basin […]

ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Stabilization
We will be on-site in Kane County as we examine some of the techniques and keys to achieving good temporary site stabilization. We will take a look at some photos of how a temporary seeding activity progresses over time based on weather conditions and the time of planting. Learn what 70% cover means and why it’s […]

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