Getting to the Root of Erosion Workshop

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Mike Wayts

Infrastructure Engineer

Changes in the annual growth rings of exposed tree roots after exposure to the elements allow us to utilize exposed tree roots that are available on project sites for erosion rate assessment. 

This method, known as dendrogeomorphology, has been predominantly used in Europe for land slide and hill-slope erosion assessment. But over the past 10 years, Bryan Dick and Ian Jewel have developed its use for assessing river and streambank erosion across the United States. 

The method provides a relatively quick and cost-effective method of assessing streambank erosion rates and can be used along with or as an alternative method to traditional approaches, such as bank erosion pins or bank surveys.

Join us for a course on root dendrogeomorphology from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in Charlotte or via Skype in Raleigh and Winston-Salem. 

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Mike Wayts, PE, CFM, is a Vice President/Principal and North Carolina Division Manager.