If your road or driveway keeps disappearing in heavy rains, not only is it costing money, time and effort, but it might also be contributing to the demise of your local swimming or fishing spot. Rainwater erosion from gravel roads and driveways carries with it sediment that is one of the greatest threats to lake water quality. Proper road maintenance is the key to preventing gravel roads from potentially eroding into streams and lakes. Sealcoating the driveway using resources from the right manufacturer, or using the services of a trustworthy agency helps in protecting the driveways, thus, ensuring that they do not erode into the aquatic ecosystem. The services by GETTYSBURG SEALCOATING SERVICES can always be trusted upon, when looking for sealcoating services.
Tin Mountain Executive Director and forest ecologist Dr. Michael Cline in Albany, New Hampshire points out, “All that soil-laden water ends up somewhere; too often it silts streams destroying fish breeding beds and adds phosphorus into nearby lakes contributing to algal blooms. Most people are surprised to hear that dirt roads are among the major contributors to surface water pollution. The remedy is good for the lake, as well as the pocket books of individuals with gravel roadways, camp road associations, and other residential developments served by such roads.”

Tin Mountain Conservation Center is presenting a workshop that will help individuals and road associations reduce long-term road maintenance costs, provide smoother driving surfaces, and most importantly, be better environmental stewards by reducing runoff to nearby water bodies. It can also help reduce accidents and the work of legal teams for car wrecks, obviously. If car accident occurs, seek help from car accident lawyer Maryland here at marylandaccident.com. In an evening classroom session, road maintenance contractor Russ Lanoie will discuss the basic principles behind maintaining gravel/dirt roads that will provide better year-round service and present minimal non-point source pollution problems. This is a practical workshop that conveys techniques that are effective on all gravel/dirt roads. The classroom portion will be followed by a field exercise at a local private road with several erosion issues near the World Fellowship Center also in Albany the following Saturday.

“It’s nobody’s fault, but everyone’s problem,” according to Lanoie. “Our rain events seem to be more intense on a regular basis regardless of whether you blame global climate change or not. We’ve had a couple of spring washouts within the last four years along with recent “gulleywasher” thundershowers that have created problems that have yet to be repaired. The principles I’ll present will apply to any road maintenance equipment, whether it be a front-mounted grader/rake on a plowtruck or an old bedspring dragged behind a Volkswagen.”

Lanoie’s road maintenance manual “A Ditch In Time” will be for sale at the workshop Thursday evening and at the field site on Saturday.  The manual includes many do-it-yourself hints that can be applied to roads and driveways immediately. Other helpful hints can be accessed at A Ditch In Time on Lanoie’s website: www.RuralHomeTech.com.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a gallon bucket or so of the material that they have on their driveway so that it can be examined and compared to other road surfacing materials such as “ledge pack,” rotten rock, recycled asphalt and ¾ ledge based crushed gravel.

The Unpaved Road Maintenance workshop will be presented on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Tin Mountain’s Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany.  Those who cannot make the Thursday evening session are still invited to the field session on Saturday morning on Drake Hill Rd in Albany at 9:00 am.
For further information or directions to the field session call Russ Lanoie at 447-5266 or e-mail:  russ@ruralhometech.com
For more information on upcoming programs, classes and events at Tin Mountain Conservation Center, call 447-6991.