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During this episode, we will be discussing how explosives are used to improve our environment and how they are managed with Kristen Kolden, Alaska Seismic; Jerry Wallace, Wallace Technical Blasting; and Kyle Perry, Missouri S&T.

Blasting to Protect and Distribute Water Resources

Jerry Wallace, Wallace Technical Blasting, Inc.

Jerry discusses blasting at two dams and at two wells: One dam served as water reservoir for City of Denver. The other was storage for court-order, commerce-water for downriver states. Two wells were being decommissioned and plugged to protect groundwater from surface pollutants.

Blasting to Improve Fish Habitat

Kristen Kolden, Alaska Seismic

Kristen will describe how blasting projects are designed to minimize and mitigate impacts to fish, wildlife and their habitats. She will discuss projects that use explosives to enhance natural habitats.

Dam Beavers

Kyle Perry, Missouri S&T

Beavers were threatening the integrity of a levy of a several acre pond which was uphill of a residence. The pond spillway pipe was constantly being plugged by beavers leading to rising pond waters which were starting to overflow. Upon the beavers being removed from the pond, their den was destroyed to discourage a return.

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