EcoRoad Africa

Ecological Solutions for Soil Stabilization, Dust  & Erosion Control

Erosion Control

 

Soil Erosion

What is Erosion Control

Erosion Control, is the practice of protecting the soils surface and the particles that makeup the total of the soil. EcoRoad Africa  is able to improve erosion control by binding the upper level soil particles to an extent that will prevent them from being carried away, either by wind or water .

 

Soil erosion is one of the largest environmentally related problems that face the world today. Soil erosion usually involves the loss of valuable topsoil or humus that is so important for the raising of significant agricultural crops. Two-thirds of all soil erosion is caused by water and the rest is caused by wind. Seriously degraded areas include 75% of Central America's cropland, 20% of Africa's cropland, and 11% of Asia's cropland. In Africa alone, a loss of 300-400 million tonnes of soil is realized annually, resulting in nearly 3 tonnes of soil loss per hectare per year.

  

Desertification and Agriculture

Topsoil is being lost at least 16 times faster than it can be replaced, with the formation of 2.5 cm needing from 200 to 1,000 years to recuperate.

The FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization), a branch of the UN, estimates that five to seven million hectares per year of soil is lost on a global basis, a number that is increasing annually. The loss of the nutrient rich topsoil makes growing conditions very poor and can sometimes leave the soil in a condition that is completely unsuitable for any kind of plant growth whatsoever. This process is known as desertification, meaning that desert like conditions are left behind resulting in extremely poor growing conditions.

For agricultural applications, EcoRoad Africa’s product is applied through spraying over the surface of agricultural fields providing protection from water and wind erosion. Our product  is comprised of 100% organic materials making it fully safe to use in and around agricultural land, having absolutely no detrimental effects on the raising and nourishment of fragile vegetation and agricultural crops.

The key aspect of EcoRoad Africa’s product performance is that it bonds to soil particles and makes them resistant to the effects of water based erosion, while still letting water molecules through the surface to allow absorption into the soil and provide nourishment to plants and vegetation of all kinds.

For agricultural purposes, the use of EcoRoad Africa’s product is the perfect environmentally friendly solution that provides ideal growing conditions as well as greatly reducing the amount of soil that is lost due to the harsh effects of water and wind erosion.

 

Soil Erosion : Roads, Hillsides, Slopes and more

Soil erosion affects many areas other than just agricultural topsoil. Areas including roads with unpaved shoulders, hillsides, slopes of all kinds, riverbanks, abandoned strip mines and rural areas of all kinds. Soil erosion has been known to be the cause of foundation failure of buildings of all shapes and sizes leading to huge repair and restoration bills. Soil erosion also adds to the growing problem of dust contamination as many of the soil particles are eroded through wind and become harmful suspended particulate matter.

Since EcoRoad Africa’s product has been formulated for multiple uses it is also extremely effective for any non-agricultural soil erosion purposes. It can be applied in the diluted form and sprayed on any surface to provide maximum adhesion to soil particles, binding them together and forming a blanket ove harsh effects of water and wind erosion. This blanket provides a cover over the top of the soil particles, shielding them from the eroding effects of water and wind, helping to preserve our precious soils for future generations.

 

Water and Wind Erosion

Water erodes soil in a variety of ways.  Raindrops erode soil when they come in direct contact with soil particles. The impact of the drop hitting the soil disperses fines into the air, slowly eroding the soil and contributing to the problem of dust contamination. A great deal of soil is eroded by water on slopes of all kinds. When land is sloped downwards, water flows accordingly and takes valuable soil deposits with it. This is the case in riverbanks, hills, mountains, agricultural and recreational fields, unpaved road shoulders and embankments of every description. A great deal of soil is lost during the melting of snow as a vast amount of water is created and flows away, taking valuable soil deposits with it.

However, when water is not the problem wind is. The harsh effects of wind are constantly blowing on all regions of the world and are taking large amounts of soil particles with it. The speed and severity of erosion can be linked to the speed and amount of water flow, as well as the speed of the wind. The higher the speed of wind and water, the higher amount of erosion will occur.

EcoRoad Africa’s product has been specifically formulated to stop erosion of all kinds, whether by water or wind, no matter what pace the erosion is occurring at.

 

Cost and Time friendly Solutions

The  labor and time required to place EcoRoad Africa’s product as the erosion control media is a fraction of that required by using other methods. Additonally, the procedures we use for erosion control are much simpler and more cost-effective.

Techniques used in the past to control the harmful effects of soil erosion include enhanced irrigation practices, windbreaks, contour ploughing and an increase in vegetation. But these techniques alone do not even come close to tackling the overall problem. They are only temporary solutions, but by no means do they solve the problem in its entirety. EcoRoad Africa’s product has been specially formulated to aid in the reduction of soil erosion and is the solution that the world has been waiting for to put a stop to the detrimental effects that soil erosion has had on a global scale. Our product can be utilized to successfully control soil erosion and save vast amounts of earth from being added to the huge numbers of losses related to soil erosion statistics.