Soil Development and Revegetation on Sloped Gulf Coast Sediments

Presenters: Carolyn White, MLA CPESC CERP & John Moss

This presentation provides details regarding stockpile trials used in the design and establishment of the Memorial Park Land Bridge & Prairie Project in Houston, Texas. This project includes construction of a land bridge feature over Memorial Drive, a major thoroughfare that bisects the Park. Excavation and native grassland revegetation of an adjacent basin area provides fill material to construct the land mass over tunneled roadway segment. Other stockpiled materials, available from an on-site lake construction project will be used as fill. The stockpiled sediments from the Eastern Glades lake provided an ideal opportunity for MPC and the project design team to trial slope stabilization, soil development, and revegetation methods on the subsurface sediments typical of the area.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand and evaluate methods for soil development in Gulf Coast plain subsurface sediments.
  • Understand and evaluate methods for slope stabilization in Gulf Coast plain subsurface sediments.
  • Understand and evaluate methods for revegetation of Gulf Coast plain subsurface sediments.

Presented by Carolyn White, MLA CPESC CERP – Conservation Director, Memorial Park Conservancy & John Moss – Director, Construction EcoServices

Carolyn is the Conservation Director at Memorial Park Conservancy, joining the organization in 2017 after 11 years with the Harris County Flood Control District’s Environmental Services Division. She brings an additional 12 years of environmental consulting experience delivering environmental permitting and ecological restoration projects. Her work in environmental consulting, local government, and collaboration with multiple non-profit organizations over the years provides her with unique expertise in problem solving. Her approach to environmental and conservation work spans all aspects of project management from planning & research to development and through to standards of operation, monitoring, adaptive maintenance, and outreach. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from University of California, Berkeley.

John Moss has been associated with stormwater management and erosion control in the commercial construction industry since 2003. Having participated in stormwater quality and volume management for over seventeen years, he has overseen turnkey compliance services on thousands of projects, value engineering solutions for stormwater quality features, ranging from underground detention to pond slope stabilization. John is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, including IECA Environmental Connection, and is on the teaching faculty for SWPPP compliance at the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. At Construction EcoServices, he has served in various senior roles, all of which have capitalized on his innate relationship and partnership building skills. In his role as Director, he accepted the company’s award as IECA’s 2014 Contractor of the Year. A seven-year member of the South Central Chapter, John is in his third term on the Board of Directors as Vice President, Administration and has served on the planning committee for SCIECA’s Texas Stormwater Conference events. John is passionate about furthering the positive impact IECA will continue to have on the environment in years to come.