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Panama Canal Expansion Project calls on PROFILE Products LLC for Erosion Control Solutions

Vast areas of steep, terraced slopes containing exposed weathered lateritic soils along the Canal were in desperate need of erosion control. Failure to grow vegetation would trigger a costly environmental cleanup effort. In the early erosion control stages, a two-step process was utilized that included hydroseeding with Conwed Fibers® Hydro Mulch® 2000—a Thermally Refined® wood fiber mulch with tackifier, followed by the installation of Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs). This combination helped to ensure vegetative establishment, but came with a pretty high price tag. In order to offer a more cost effective solution for the Panama Canal Authority in subsequent phases, Profile® recommended Flexterra® Flexible Growth Medium™ (FGM™). The material was tested on bare slopes in September of 2008. The Flexterra FGM worked well—even in an area that averages 3300 millimeters of rain annually.

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