Slip, Slope & Landslide Stabilization & Restoration

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Over time, it becomes inevitable that slopes will experience soil erosion, causing landslides as a result. Landslides are movements of a mass of rock, debris, pieces of the earth that slide down a slope. They are considered a type of waste, which indicates any down slope movement of soil and rock under the direct influence of gravity. Landslides can be initiated in slopes where movement already exists due to rainfall, snow or glacier melting, changes in water levels, stream erosion, volcanic activity, earthquakes and any disturbance made by human activity.

The Purpose of Slope Restoration

Failed slopes lose their value in a habitat and can increase siltation in many streams and tributaries. Successful slope restoration and slope reclamation require a basic understanding of regional geology, geotechnical engineering, vegetation conditions, and proper water management. Overall, an understanding in slope stabilization and knowing which dynamic, analytical, and empirical methods to utilize to successfully obtain slope stability is key to the slope restoration process.

Achieving Slope Stabilization

In order to conduct slope restoration, you must juxtapose construction and bioengineering methods. Natural causes to movement of slopes mostly consist of water infiltration and appearance of erosion—whether that be due to stormwater, an increase in hydrostatic pressure in cracks and fractures, physical and chemical weathering or absence of vegetative structure. Adding vegetation to the restoration and reclamation plan can be favorable for two reasons: vegetation slows down the rate of water flow, and their roots hold soil which can prevent soil erosion from occurring. Vegetation cover also intercept rain and direct the impact of rainwater to the ground surface, protecting the slope from surface runoff.

Slope Stabilization Methods

Common methods used for slope failure and mitigation include drainage, terracing and benching, retaining walls, friction piling, sheet piling, geogrids and biotechnical slope stabilization. Drainage used to increase the weight of soil that makes up the entirety of the slope, allowing the slope to become more vulnerable to mass movement while exerting the pressures that the supporting structures cannot handle. Terracing and benching make the slope more manageable by dividing it up in to smaller and less steep slopes that are reinforced by retaining walls and friction piles. Retaining walls are designed to hold in a substantial amount of soil. Geogrids are made up of heavy gauge plastic mesh that is installed in layers perpendicular to retaining walls. Lastly, biotechnical slope stabilization allows vegetation to do all of the work, letting the nature of the plants stabilize the slopes.

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The largest operation in Keenesburg, CO

What was started by a farming family in Northern Colorado, has grown into one of the largest seeding and reclamation operations in the United States. Arnold’s Custom Seeding has worked on projects in 36 states and has reclaimed over 6,500 miles of Right Of Way (ROW) to date.

Get in Contact with Arnold’s Custom Seeding Today

Since 1985, Arnold’s Custom Seeding has been reclaiming thousands of acres of land per year. We work closely with the energy industry and government entities to restore land after extensive pipeline and right of way developments. We maintain a fleet of specialized equipment to carry out a wide range of seeding and reclamation techniques. Whether you are ready to begin a project soon or simply have questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.