Location: Fort Mc Murray, Alberta.
Client: Fort McKay Environmental Services Ltd.
Objective: To train and supervise a local crew
in the installation of erosion control blankets in conjunction
with live cuttings and grass seeding.
In late July of 2003, Terra Erosion Control Ltd. was
requested to provide training and supervision to a local
crew from Fort Mc Kay Environmental Services Ltd. The
project took place within a drainage swale of the Southwest
Sands Storage Area at Syncrude Canada in Fort McMurray,
AB. It consisted of identifying and collecting various
native species for use in live staking, installation
of erosion control blankets and broadcast seeding.
Originally, this swale was drained via an underground
piping system that eventually failed and had to be removed.
Upon removal of the underground pipe, the excavated
area was filled with a layer of reclamation material
composed of locally collected peat from muskeg. The
area was seeded with a Syncrude approved seed mix and
erosion control blankets were installed over the reclamation
material to stabilize the soil until vegetation developed.
The blankets were anchored to the substrate using a
combination of biodegradable blanket staples and live
stakes. The live stakes were cuttings of willow, balsam
poplar and red osier dogwood, three species that will
grow from cuttings when placed within the vadose zone,
in contact with soil and moisture, during a late summer
Harvesting of live materials