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28 Apr 2022, 12:45

Earlier this month, around 85 contractors, regulators, SWPPP consultants, manufacturers, and Shasta College students gathered for the annual Erosion Control BMP Summit.

Held at Shasta College in Redding, CA, this 2-day event combined classroom sessions with hands-on demonstrations for a one-of-a-kind, immersive learning event.

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Organized by John McCullah of DirtTime TV, the mantra of this event is “making your BMPs work will allow your SWPPP to work”. Sessions focused on utilizing a BMP ‘toolbox’ in order to effectively select, install, and inspect BMPs.

The event was structured with classroom training in the morning session, followed by field demonstrations in the afternoon.

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Colin Ewart of Filtrexx and John McCullah of DirtTime TV demonstrate compost filter socks.

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Matt Kearns of Grassroots Environmental demonstrates hydroseeding with Apex equipment.

Sessions covered key BMPs for erosion and sediment control, including:

Special topics of wildfire remediation and streambank restoration were also discussed.

Thank you to all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible. Special thanks to Filtrexx partners Earthsavers Erosion Control Products for helping coordinate logistics of our demo materials, and to Cory Yamaguchi of Finn Corporation for coordinating the equipment for the event.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Erosion Control BMP Summit – we’d love to see you there!


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21 Apr 2022, 11:28

At Filtrexx, we’re always finding new ways to be Green in Every Way™ – and helping to remove stormwater pollutants from our country’s waterways is just one of them.

Stormwater runoff from industrial sites is a major cause of water pollution, but our stormwater filtration products help to prevent pollutants from your site from entering the ecosystem. This is essential – not only for protecting the environment but also for ensuring compliance with a growing range of regulations and requirements.

Enter EnviroSoxx

EnviroSoxx is a stormwater treatment device and a unique product within the industry. Thanks to its specialized blend of compost and natural additives to filter stormwater runoff, it removes a wide range of pollutants that includes hydrocarbons, nutrients, heavy metals, bacteria, and sediment. EnviroSoxx can be used in various applications across your site, from perimeter protection and check dams to pollutant wraps, and inlet protection.

With the constant evolution of stormwater regulations, EnviroSoxx is an essential ally when it comes to treating stormwater on your site. We’ve been continuously improving our EnviroSoxx offering for over 10 years, but here at Filtrexx, we believe that when it comes to protecting the environment, we can always do better!

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Introducing our new and improved formula

Following a year of intensive research led by Dr. Britt Faucette, Filtrexx’s Director of Research and Technical Services, Filtrexx is happy to announce that we’ve drastically improved the formulation of our EnviroSoxx Industrial Blend compost filter sock – making it a better choice than ever.

1)      Target more pollutants

The new blend has been designed to tackle even more harmful particles:

  • Now filters 10 heavy metals, including aluminum, arsenic, iron, and selenium
  • Removes ammonium-nitrogen (NH4-N) AND total nitrogen (TN)
  • Helps neutralize the pH of stormwater runoff

 EnviroSoxx is perfect for use on sites that suffer from heavy-metal pollution – such as scrap metal yards, industrial fabrication sites, and automotive businesses. It also now meets an increased number of the compliance standards necessary to secure site permits.

 2)      Increase functional longevity

But that’s not all: in our research, we tested EnviroSoxx across multiple storm events. The results show that the new Industrial Blend retains its effectiveness for an average of up to 10 storm events without any drop-off in performance – so you can rely on our cost-effective, environmentally friendly solution time after time!

 3)      Double your filtration effectiveness

Our study also measured the impact of combining multiple EnviroSoxx filter socks. The results show that by placing three socks in series, you can on average double your pollutant removal rate compared to using one filter sock alone.

Want to know more?

Are you ready to better protect the environment and improve your stormwater compliance? With its enhanced filtration capabilities, Filtrexx’s EnviroSoxx Industrial Blend is a must for manufacturing, composting, waste management, and mining sites, alongside many others. Plus, we have a wide range of other products tailored to meet the specific requirements of your industrial operations, so don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule a site visit to discuss the best product for your needs.

For more information and testing data, see Research Reference TechLinks #3343 and #3344.
 


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11 Feb 2022, 08:48

Our partners and customers know Filtrexx stands for sustainability, trust, and savings. Now, we’ve been granted a new trademark to help us tell our story and show the world that we’re Green in Every Way!

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Beating the odds

The signature shade of green we use in Filtrexx products and branding has been associated with us for more than 10 years. It’s famously difficult for brands to win a trademark on a color, but in 2021, Filtrexx joined the likes of Tiffany (blue) and Post-It (yellow) in successfully being awarded this important protection.

“This trademark is a powerful tool for our company to distinguish our products from those of our competitors,” confirms Kip Vangsgard, Filtrexx Director of Product Management and Marketing. “It means our customers can be confident of a high-quality Filtrexx solution when they see our green at a distributor or installed on site.”

Green is more than a color

But that’s not all: the IP team has also applied for a second trademark, for the phrase ‘Green in Every Way’ – designed to tie together the key values that underlie our solutions.

“Green is much more than just a color,” Kip says. “It represents us as a sustainable company, a trusted partner, and a provider of cost-effective solutions. That’s what Green in Every Way is all about.”

Sustainability

First, the idea of being ‘green’ has long been linked to the idea of environmental sustainability, and Filtrexx aims high when it comes to sustainable product design and sourcing. To filter and clean stormwater, we use an engineered blend of composted organic materials, diverting them away from landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, we’re always working on new innovations to incorporate natural, biodegradable materials like cotton and wood fibers into Filtrexx products.

Trust

But green also represents trust: a green light from a traffic signal means you can move ahead with confidence. We’ve been a reliable partner in environmental protection for more than 20 years. With certified, third-party tested products, Filtrexx is trusted by regulators, government agencies, and our many happy customers!

Savings

Finally, green means savings, particularly in the USA, where money is strongly associated with this color. Filtrexx products save you more ‘green’ because they’re designed for optimal lifetime performance, with lower labor costs for installation, maintenance, and removal. It’s a total-cost-of-ownership approach that means the savings quickly add up.

Learn more

Check out our new video or head to our dedicated Green in Every Way webpage for more information! If you’re interested in our sustainable solutions, or simply have a question, contact us – we’ll be happy to discuss ways in which we can support you and your green ambitions.


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7 Dec 2021, 09:00


“Compost Around the World” Webinar

Looking for more education? Log on to John’s free recorded webinar session “Compost Around the World”. This one-hour webinar covers compost applications as a preeminent erosion control soil cover, compost berms, and compost filter socks through a series of project studies. Receive a certificate of attendance after completion.



About John McCullah

As an Academic, CPESC (for over 30 years), QSD, QSD-ToR and a CA Contractor, John has been developing and implementing BMPs for years.  As a “stand-in Journeyman”, John is hoping his “How to” video series and experience will help train and give hands-on experience, like the apprentice experience typical to other “trade crafts”.


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9 Nov 2021, 09:33

Over the past several years, the State of California has passed two legislative bills related to the diversion of organic waste from landfills, and the use of the resulting composted material. Read more for a quick summary of these bills, and resources for Municipalities, Regulators, and Water Consultants to better utilize these recycled materials.

 

AB 2411 – Solid Waste: Use of Compost & Planning (2018)

According to the bill fact sheet, “AB 2411 will spur a market demand for compost created in California by requiring public agencies to study the feasibility and establish best practices for using compost. Compost is the end result of diverting organic waste from landfills to composting facilities, greatly reducing climate change causing emissions…Organic recycling is the most cost effective way for California to reach its climate goals. Ensuring a healthy market for compost is a vital component of the state’s plan to combat climate change.”

 

This bill impacts CalRecycle, Caltrans, and CalFire, by directing them to change practices and identify uses of compost.

 

SB 1383 – Short Lived Climate Pollutants (2020)

CalRecycle is the owning entity of this bill, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting organic waste in response to the climate crisis. This bill requires:

  •      a 50 percent reduction in organic waste disposal from 2014 levels by 2022, and a 75 percent reduction by 2025
  •      the diversion of up to 27 million tons of organic waste by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

After the organic waste is processed, this will amount to an additional 20 million tons of finished compost. According to CalRecycle, “As California collects and recycles organic materials, local governments will be required to use the products made from this recycled organic material, such as renewable energy, compost, and mulch.”

 

Now, what happens to all this compost?

There are many ways that Municipalities, Regulators, and Water Consultants can utilize compost in their work to help meet these legislative requirements. The use of compost-based BMPs not only cleans our stormwater prior to entering our waterways, it also utilizes diverted green waste.

 

Municipalities:

You can take an active role to promote sustainable BMP’s in your communities by using certified composted organics to clean storm water and reduce CO2 emissions.  Currently compost is used primarily in LID applications.  Consider including into BMP handbooks the use of composted products for construction and industrial sites specifically for sediment control along with filtration of the four standard urban pollutants: oil & grease, heavy metals, nutrients and bacteria.  Replace fiber rolls, rock bags and silt fence with compost filter socks – learn how the life cycle cost and performance of these BMPs compares.

 

Regulators:

Consider the use of recycled organics that meet both the CalRecyle goal of reducing materials going to landfills and the State Water Resources Control Board goal of cleaner storm water while using sustainable materials.

 

Water Consultants:

Proactively research current technologies that use recycled organics to clean storm water.  Specify sustainable materials instead of traditional BMP’s like fiber rolls, rock bags and silt fence.  Help change the contractor’s paradigm and incorporate sustainable organic materials into current or future SWPPPs as both erosion control and sediment control BMP’s.  Composted material applications can be used for both temporary and final BMP’s.

 

 

Please consider these materials to help our storm water community embrace a sustainable future. For more information about these Legislative Bills or compost BMPs, feel free to contact Filtrexx.

 

 

Bryan Hofmann, QISP, is a Regional Representative for Filtrexx, covering Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, with over 30 years of experience in sales. Bryan educates through consultative techniques and local seminars on the use of Filtrexx Products to storm water professionals, landscape and architectural designers, engineers, municipalities, regulators, and urban agriculturalists. He helps people connect with local organics and incorporate sustainable products in construction, landscape, industrial and agricultural markets.  In his free time, Bryan enjoys fishing.


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3 Mar 2021, 09:00


The Installation section text in the following documents have been updated to reflect this alternative staking method:

Section 1.1 - Filtrexx Sediment Control

Section 6.1.1 - SWPPP Cut Sheet - Filtrexx Sediment Control

SiltSoxx Installation Spec, Perimeter Control

Section 1.5 - Filtrexx Slope Interruption

Section 6.1.5 - SWPPP Cut Sheet - Filtrexx Slope Interruption

SiltSoxx Installation Spec, Slope Interruption

View all Filtrexx Design Specifications and CADs here


Dr. Britt Faucette, Ph.D., is an Ecosystem Scientist, CPESC, and LEED AP. He earned his Ph.D. from the Odom School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where he researched soil-water-plant performances of various BMPs used in soil erosion and stormwater management applications; served as a state specialist in storm water management, organics recycling, and pollution prevention programs; and served as an adjunct professor. Britt coordinates research, design, and training services for the stormwater and organic materials management industries and serves on technical committees and boards with ASTM, GRHC, CCREF, and IECA. In 2008 he was awarded the annual USCC Clean Water Award. Britt has authored numerous peer-reviewed and popular press publications and popular press articles, two books, federal and state specifications, and has been awarded nearly $500,000 in research grants.


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12 Jan 2021, 08:23

Working in soil erosion and sediment control or storm water management in a watershed that is prone to drought - perhaps even at risk of wildfire? How about a watershed where rainfall accumulations or storm intensities have increased - perhaps even subject to tropical storms and depressions? Have you noticed historic design storms are no longer viable, where 10, 25, and even 100 year rain events occur with ever greater frequency?

If you can relate to any of this, you may be very interested to learn how Compost-Based Best Management Practices (BMPs) can have a profound impact on the resilience of watersheds under significant stress from climate change. Learn how these materials and practices help to restore soils and watersheds, making them more resilient to both drought and storms. Gain understanding on why the closer a watershed is to its natural steady state, the more stable and resilient it will be when placed under chronic or severe stress.

Download the full TechLink Research Summary:

Resilient Infrastructure & Restoration Under a Changing Climate with Filtrexx Compost-Based Best Management Practices


Dr. Britt Faucette, Ph.D., is an Ecosystem Scientist, CPESC, and LEED AP. He earned his Ph.D. from the Odom School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where he researched soil-water-plant performances of various BMPs used in soil erosion and stormwater management applications; served as a state specialist in storm water management, organics recycling, and pollution prevention programs; and served as an adjunct professor. Britt coordinates research, design, and training services for the stormwater and organic materials management industries and serves on technical committees and boards with ASTM, GRHC, CCREF, and IECA. In 2008 he was awarded the annual USCC Clean Water Award. Britt has authored numerous peer-reviewed and popular press publications and popular press articles, two books, federal and state specifications, and has been awarded nearly $500,000 in research grants.


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31 Jul 2020, 04:05

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently announced that compost sock products are now approved for use as a temporary erosion control measure allowed in the Caltrans Construction Site Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual, Sheet SC-11, per Section 13-1.01A of the current Standard Specifications. Compost sock had previously only been approved for permanent erosion control measures. With this new approval, compost sock can now be used in all sediment control applications such as perimeter control, slope interruption, grade breaks, inlet protection and more.

If you are working on Caltrans projects that require BMP selections, this new approval for compost sock will allow both permanent and temporary applications.

Additionally, Caltrans will soon only permit the use of natural, biodegradable non-plastic material for all compost sock, fiber roll, and straw wattle applications. Filtrexx SiltSoxx compost sock is available in two natural biodegradable non-plastic materials – Natural Original and new Natural Plus. These biodegradable products give two longevity options for your projects’ needs.

SiltSoxx Natural OriginalSiltSoxx Natural Plus
Mesh MaterialBiodegradable cotton fiberBiodegradable wood fiber
Fill MaterialCompost FilterMediaCompost FilterMedia
Field Longevity*Up to 12 monthsUp to 18 months
BiodegradableYesYes
All NaturalYesYes
RenewableYesYes
Biobased/Plant-BasedYesYes
CompostableYesYes
Made in USAYesYes

*Functional longevity ranges are estimates only. Site specific environmental conditions may result in significantly shorter or longer time periods.

Caltrans also recently made updates to their Standard Specifications to allow compost sock to be installed without expensive labor-intensive trenching or lash-over methods, primarily due to the weight and high hydraulic flow through rate characteristic to compost socks. Finally, Caltrans has recently made adjustments to moisture content requirements for the compost used in compost socks accounting for the arid conditions frequently found throughout the state.

Filtrexx is committed to providing innovative sediment & erosion control products, including meeting changing municipal requirements that require or prefer biodegradable materials. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability here.

For a copy of the Caltrans approval letter, please contact Filtrexx or Caltrans.

As the Marketing Manager for Filtrexx, Kristin specializes in print & digital marketing, graphic design, and website management. She also serves as the moderator for the monthly Filtrexx Webinar Series. Kristin attended the University of Toledo where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in both communication and environmental studies. After completing multiple internships with Filtrexx, she officially joined the Filtrexx team in 2010. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local parks with her husband, spoiling their two golden retrievers, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.


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26 Jun 2020, 10:30

With recent travel and gathering restrictions, many of the erosion control & stormwater industry continuing educational conferences and events have moved to a virtual platform. These new platforms are allowing our industry to stay connected and informed, virtually.

We’ve gathered some upcoming virtual conferences and educational webinar series:

CONFERENCES

EWRI/ASCE International LID Conference: July 20-24, 2020

The International Low Impact Development Conference highlights interdisciplinary practice, research, and implementation of Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Water Sensitive Urban Designs (WSUD). The focus will be on using our past and present understanding of LID to tune management programs, design practice, and operation and maintenance into the future. As an attendee, you will have access to both pre-recorded and live presentations. Some other benefits of this professionally produced virtual conference include expanded chat and live question and answer sessions, more time to respond to questions and to explore “hot” topics like resiliency and climate change, and most importantly lots of flexibility for you. Learn more & register here.

Virtual Great Connections (Great Lakes & Great Rivers IECA Chapters): July 28-30, 2020

The Fourth Bi-Annual Great Connections Conference & Expo is going virtual! Everything you would expect from the IECA Great Connections Conference - just online. Virtual sessions will be accessible from any devices and will be provided in a combination of recorded and live stream. You will 'see' old friends and make new connections through attendee connection, virtual meet ups and a community board. Explore the exhibit booths spaces and say hello to the conference sponsors who made this event possible. Walk away with practical knowledge to get the job done. Learn more & register here.

StormCon: September 9-10, 2020

StormCon exists for our industry to come together to engage, share and learn. We are excited to move the event to a virtual event model for attendees and exhibitors, StormCon Direct. StormCon will be a 2-day conference and exhibition held 100% online. This multi-faceted virtual event experience will feature leaders in the stormwater industry leading webinars, panel discussions and chat forums to exchange information and share ideas. The exhibit floor will feature interactive opportunities to meet one-on-one with vendors from around the country to network and explore new products and solutions. Learn more & register here.

WEBINAR SERIES:

Environmental Construction Services (free)

In an industry that’s constantly changing, it’s tough to keep up with the newest info. Our free webinars are here to help you stay on top of your game and earn PDH certificates, from the comfort of your office. Erosion & Sediment Control, Stormwater, Vegetative Establishment, Streambank Restoration and more; these are our daily grind, let us share with you what we know! Webinars are currently scheduled through December 2020.View the schedule here.

Forester University (prices vary)

Join our expert presenters in live and on-demand webinars exploring what's new in stormwater, erosion control, water efficiency, construction, energy, and waste management. Register today to brush up on your skills or learn something new while earning CEU and PDH credits. Learn more here.

Forge (prices vary)

WGR Southwest, Inc. is an environmental, health and safety consultant company. At WGR Southwest, Inc. we help our clients meet the California environmental regulations including the CA Industrial General Permit and CA Construction General Permit. Forge is an educational service of WGR and features topics including SWPPP Writing, MS4 School, Erosion Theory, and past Storm Water Awareness Week sessions. Learn more here.

Filtrexx (free)

Filtrexx offers our educational webinars both on-demand in addition to our live sessions. Attendees can receive a certificate of attendance after registering and viewing both live and on-demand webinar sessions. Topics include Sediment Control, Pollutant Removal, Low Impact Development, LEED & Green Building, Living Walls & Shorelines, Stormwater Management, and more.View the schedule and on-demand sessions here.

As the Marketing Manager for Filtrexx, Kristin specializes in print & digital marketing, graphic design, and website management. She also serves as the moderator for the monthly Filtrexx Webinar Series. Kristin attended the University of Toledo where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in both communication and environmental studies. After completing multiple internships with Filtrexx, she officially joined the Filtrexx team in 2010. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local parks with her husband, spoiling their two golden retrievers, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.


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5 May 2020, 07:53

This week we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)! As the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry, Filtrexx is happy to once again sponsor this great event. ICAW is celebrated throughout the United States as well as several other countries each year. With its inauguration in 1995, many other schools, organizations, businesses and people have joined in to recognize the importance of composting and the long-term health of the environment.

The goal of ICAW is to raise public awareness of the benefits of composting and organics recycling, including increased soil health, reduced pesticide and chemical use, reduction in soil-borne and other plant diseases, reduction of methane emissions from landfills and climate change mitigation.

The theme of this year’s event is Soil Loves Compost. The importance of the use of compost for strong, healthy soil and plant growth will be strongly emphasized. Communities, local environmental groups as well as composting facilities and private companies can organize local events to promote composting in their area based on their local government restrictions due to COVID-19.

During ICAW, businesses, organizations and people are normally encouraged to celebrate the benefits of composting. However, due to COVID-19 many states will not allow groups to gather. The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation still plans to educate people through webinars, social media, emails and more. If you want ideas on what you can do to promote and celebrate ICAW 2020 visit Composting Council Research & Education Foundation.


As the Marketing Communication Manager for Filtrexx, Teele works heavily in the digital and social arenas of marketing, running the Filtrexx Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. She also serves as writer and editor of press releases, project profiles and most recently, the Filtrexx blog. Teele attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Science in corporate communication. Teele has worked in marketing roles for various companies around the Twin Cities before landing at Filtrexx in July, 2017.


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23 Apr 2020, 05:09

Problem: Monster Tree Services specializes in commercial and residential landscaping and tree removal. They reached out to Filtrexx in August, 2019 with a desire to get involved with living shorelines. Monster Tree Services was contacted by a customer in Boynton Beach, Florida about severe erosion happening in their backyard. The customer lived on a canal and due to wave action from jet skis and other small watercrafts, their backyard was losing acreage from erosion. The customer was highly interested in a green, natural option to rebuild their slope due to the amount of turtles that lived and nested in their yard. A concrete wall option was out of the question due to the turtle activity from the canal to the customer’s backyard.

Solution: Filtrexx came down to inspect the site with Monster Tree Services and determine the best approach. Filtrexx helped install a GreenLoxx non-MSE Living Wall system that was flat enough that the turtles could still climb up the slope and into the backyard. Because the base of the canal was soft and muddy, native limestone was placed at the base of the wall. This limestone base was created so the wall had something sturdy to sit on top of. Then, 16-24” of wall was built out to stabilize the slope, stopping the erosion and preventing further erosion from happening. Trees and other vegetation were in danger of falling into the canal due to the severe erosion and all were saved and incorporated into the new wall system and landscape.

A unique and additional problem occurred during the building of this wall. Iguanas, an invasive species to Florida, often dig up earth and Filtrexx, Monster Tree Services and the customer were concerned with the new wall being dug up. After doing some additional research, a technique was found that was used in other areas of the United States to stop muskrats from digging up new walls. Galvanized chicken wire was placed under the wall system to deter iguanas from digging the wall up.

Success: The final, finished wall was 130’ long by 2’ high. The GreenLoxx wall consisted of sock, geogrid and Gripple anchors with the anchors hidden under the turf. Monster Tree Services worked with a local environmental department for the county to determine what native species would be most successful in the growth of the wall. With minimal land disturbance and a new, green slope, the native animals were able to regain access into the uplands and the customer was able to save their backyard.


As the Marketing Communication Manager for Filtrexx, Teele works heavily in the digital and social arenas of marketing, running the Filtrexx Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. She also serves as writer and editor of press releases, project profiles and most recently, the Filtrexx blog. Teele attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Science in corporate communication. Teele has worked in marketing roles for various companies around the Twin Cities before landing at Filtrexx in July, 2017.


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18 Feb 2020, 07:58

It’s that time once again! We’re excited to get back to the International Erosion Control Association Conference and Expo. This year we’re in Raleigh, North Carolina sharing all things Filtrexx and we’ve got a lot of new things to share. In 2020, we’ll be expanding our toolbox of BMPs and sharing four brand-new-to-us products at IECA.

  • Traffic Marker: A lightweight, tough and reusable BMP for high traffic areas. This new product is perfect for roadways, can be run over many times, and also includes handles for easy mobility. It comes in a high visibility orange so that it’s easy to spot by workers.
  • SiltSoxx ‘EXTREME’: A tougher sock material that can be dragged on hard surfaces and harsh site conditions. This mesh won’t tear open.
  • SiltSoxx Natural ‘PLUS’ biodegradable compost filter sock: A longer functional life, biodegradable compost filter sock. Useful on those work sites where you can’t do easy removal or all-natural products are required. Sock just biodegrades into nature.
  • Improved EnviroSoxx: Extra tough ‘EXTREME’ mesh developed for use on hard surfaces. Two new blends of filtering media: Advanced blend and Industrial blend. Improved filter to capture and hold pollutants.

Filtrexx also announced a new manufacturing and distribution partnership with Western Green. We are co-hosting a party with them on Tuesday, February 25 at the Historic Market Hall at 214 E. Martin Street from 7-10PM. There will be food and drinks and all are welcome to attend.

Filtrexx will also be unveiling a brand-new trade show booth at IECA. Stop by booth #729 to see the new and improved space, new videos, product samples, new literature and tons of giveaway items. We’ll also be giving away several $100 VISA gift cards to lucky attendees who stop in. We’re excited to see you all at this year’s show!


As the Marketing Communication Manager for Filtrexx, Teele works heavily in the digital and social arenas of marketing, running the Filtrexx Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. She also serves as writer and editor of press releases, project profiles and most recently, the Filtrexx blog. Teele attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Science in corporate communication. Teele has worked in marketing roles for various companies around the Twin Cities before landing at Filtrexx in July, 2017.


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22 Jan 2020, 03:35

For Matthew Kearns, erosion control was always a family business. Matt’s father started an erosion control business in the late 1980s with a focus on lawns, sports fields and golf courses. Matt and his younger brother, Chad helped their dad out with the business. When Matt graduated from high school, he joined the military and his brother continued working for his dad. When Matt returned home from his military service in 2016, he and Chad were ready to start their own business.

“We knew we wanted to start some sort of business together,” said Matt. “We already had all the equipment from my dad so we decided to go into erosion control on the construction side. That’s how Grassroots Erosion Control, Inc. started.”

In October of 2017, Northern California saw a series of 250 wildfires, covering 245,000 acres and destroying nearly 9,000 buildings. A debris removal company contacted Grassroots for help with post-fire remediation. At this point, the business was just Matt and Chad but they were able to provide erosion control for 170 lots in Northern California. Grassroots was exclusively hydro-mulching at this time.

In July of 2018, another debris removal company contacted Grassroots for post-fire remediation help on the Carr Fire, which burned in Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. The Carr Fire burned nearly 230,000 acres and destroyed over 1,600 buildings. This time, Grassroots was able to provide erosion control using hydro-mulch and straw wattles on 800 lots.

When the Camp Fire hit in November of 2018, Matt knew they were going to need additional help for the workload that this fire would entail.

“We knew were going to have to hire a crew for Camp Fire,” said Matt. “We needed more bodies. What we really wanted to do was hire locally and give back to the community. We knew people had lost jobs, their homes and were in desperate need of work. We used Workforce Connection to be paired with people in the community who lost their homes and needed work.”

As Matt began to hire crew members unfamiliar with how to install erosion control products, he realized there was a need for education. Matt met with Filtrexx sales representative Bryan Hofmann and they discussed the need for a best practices workshop. Matt had attended a previous erosion control workshop with David Franklin, consultant with Envirotech NPDES Services.

“I had attended two of David’s workshops in the past and David is a great teacher,” said Matt. “Our original idea was to just educate Grassroots crew members, but Bryan took the workshop idea and ran with it.”

Bryan organized over 100 participants in the post-fire remediation workshop held in Paradise, California in May that included consultants, government agencies, erosion control companies and more.

“Our guys really liked the workshop,” said Matt. “We still use David’s lingo from the workshop. I had a few guys that didn’t attend and they really missed out. The workshop was so helpful and I’d do another one in a heartbeat. We’re about education at Grassroots and we want to be on the forefront of change in our industry. We aren’t just doing stuff to do stuff.”

When Matt and his crew aren’t doing post-fire remediation clean-up, they work on Caltrans projects. Matt wants Grassroots to be a leader in the erosion control industry when it comes to product use.

“This industry is always evolving,” he said. “New products are always being introduced and we want to understand how they all work. Some people just throw out BMP’s just to do it. We want to do things with a purpose.


As the Marketing Communication Manager for Filtrexx, Teele works heavily in the digital and social arenas of marketing, running the Filtrexx Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. She also serves as writer and editor of press releases, project profiles and most recently, the Filtrexx blog. Teele attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Science in corporate communication. Teele has worked in marketing roles for various companies around the Twin Cities before landing at Filtrexx in July, 2017.


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5 Dec 2019, 03:43

Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) marks World Soil Day on December 5. Through this initiative, FAO is raising the profile of healthy soil by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health.

Did you know?

  • Every 5 seconds, the equivalent of one soccer field of soil is eroded.
  • It can take up to 1,000 years to produce just 2-3cm of soil.
  • Over 33% of the Earth's soils are already degraded and 90% could become degraded by 2050.
  • Soil erosion can lead up to a 50% loss in crop yields.

Source: United Nations World Soil Day

How does compost improve soil quality?

Compost “enhances overall soil health and its resilience to shocks such as drought, including climate change adaptation. Compost is a rich source of organic matter, a substance vital for air, moisture and nutrient retention. Soil organic matter plays an important role in sustaining soil fertility, and hence in sustainable agricultural production." Source: FAO, 2015

Also, compost “acts as a cushion to absorb the impact energy of rainfall, which reduces erosion." Source: EPA, 2012

How can we use more compost to help soils?

Filtrexx products use locally recycled organic materials inside of photodegradable or biodegradable mesh. Diverting these organic materials from landfills and applying them to the soil means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and preventing soil erosion, which keeps sediment from entering our waterways. Learn more about our environmental impact or contact us to collaborate on a project.

Compost Resources:

US Composting Council

Composting Council Research & Education Foundation

The Compost & Climate Connection and The Soil & Water Connection


As the Associate Marketing Manager for Filtrexx, Kristin specializes in print & digital marketing, graphic design, and website management. She also serves as the moderator for the monthly Filtrexx Webinar Series. Kristin attended the University of Toledo where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in both communication and environmental studies. After completing multiple internships with Filtrexx, she officially joined the Filtrexx team in 2010. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local parks with her husband, spoiling their two golden retrievers, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.


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