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Are You Proactive or Reactive?

Today's post is the second in our guest author series. A big thank you to Daniel Freakin' Boone (Matt Holliman) for taking some time to talk about being able to look ahead to prevent erosion problems instead of always trying to react and band-aid problem areas.

If you don't know Matt, he was employee #1 back in the day. We call him Daniel Boone because he is the king of our wild frontier; every time we come up with a crazy idea or we need someone to take the lead on a new way of doing things, we pick Matt. Want a new market- send Matt; want to try a product- send Matt, want to start a new service- send Matt. He always runs toward the problem and gives maximum effort. There are very few I have worked with that I would rather send into the great unknown more than our own DFBoone. Matt currently leads our sales team and is always looking to help our trade partners stay ahead of the curve and be proactive with their sites. Here are his thoughts:


If you work in the construction industry, I’m sure you’ve had erosion and sedimentation problems at some point or another. With storm water inspectors at every turn, it is imperative that you have your BMP’s (Best Management Practices) in place and functioning properly. This time of year, frequent afternoon rain showers can bring anywhere from half inch to three inches of rain in thirty minutes! It’s in moments like these you are praying that your erosion control provider has done their job to the best of their abilities.

With the bottom line always in the forefront of your mind, it can be a tough decision for a developer or builder to stabilize bare dirt or add extra protection from and offsite impact- not to mention the extra cost to keep it properly maintained. I have too often seen developers and builders take the lesser route to save a few pennies on the front end and have it completely back fire. When they get caught without proper BMPs installed or maintained, they are forced to react to the problem. The reaction often becomes more costly than the original proposal and the added time involved could delay the project completion.

We can help you be proactive in planning and developing your site and minimize the forced reaction after county inspections and rain events. As professionals in the erosion and sedimentation field, it’s our job to advise our trade partners and help address any issues that could impact their community or construction site. It can be hard to hear “the customer is always right” when you know they could be making a huge mistake that could cost them thousands of dollars by failing to plan ahead. Whether it’s making sure all wetlands, waterways, and storm drains are protected in order to keep our environment running at peak performance, to protect the overall appearance of their job site, or to just protect their wallets from being fined by an issuing authority. We’ve all experienced being forced into reactive behavior before; as much as we want to plan ahead, sometimes we all make mistakes.

If you find yourself in the reactive too often, give us a chance to get out in front of your potential problem areas. Let LMES be your erosion and sedimentation control partner and see how our superior service and innovative solutions can help keep your sites ahead of the storm, and not caught up in it. #thinkgreen


Well said. Thanks again, Matt. #hookem


Until next time- stay ahead of the rain and be proactive. #thinkgreen


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