Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Expo is the Homearama of sediment and erosion



By Mike Rutledge
Enquirer staff writer

Home buyers have their home shows. But for home-builders, the must-see show today is the first-ever regional Sediment & Erosion Control Expo at England-Idlewild Park in Boone County.

It's where they can go to learn the latest techniques to prevent silt, sediment and mud from leaving their construction sites and slipping into waterways and roads.

"The whole industry is an evolving industry, and we're trying to bring some of the latest and greatest technologies to this area," said John Lyons, director of storm-water management for Sanitation District No. 1, one of the event's sponsors.

"It's the first time we're aware of that anything's been done on this scale," said Dan Dressman, executive vice president for the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, another sponsor.

About 25 exhibitors will display recent innovations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. There is a $10 admission fee, which includes lunch, Dressman said. People can register at the park or by calling (859) 331-9500.

Aside from homebuilders and construction firms, officials from local and state governments also are invited, because they frequently build projects of their own, and monitor those built by others.

One often-overlooked way to prevent erosion is to quickly put down grass seed, said Mary Kathryn Dickerson, coordinator for the conservation districts in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

"If you can go ahead and seed, and get some root growth, it's one of the best erosion controls out there," she said. "It's really very important and can save the builder and contractor a world of hurt."

E-mail mrutledge@enquirer.com




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