The Hoover Dam bypass bridge that connects Nevada and Arizona opens to the traffic this week. The marvel of modern engineering has been a highly environmentally friendly project in part to the land reclamation efforts provided by Soil Tech. The landscape around the canyon had to be changed to accommodate the giant construction, and it was inevitable that some natural habitats would be disrupted. Soil Tech was commissioned to mitigate these issues, and restore the natural habitats as the project neared its completion.
Land reclamation is one of the core business areas for Las Vegas environmental services provider Soil Tech. From re-seeding damaged areas with native plants to mine restoration that meets EPA standards, it offers a full spectrum of services designed to bring the desert landscape back to its original state. Aesthetic effects are also important. For some land reclamation projects that involve scarred rocks, Soil Tech uses its own patented product Permeon, and environmentally safe varnish, to conceal the blemishes.
That was also the case with the Hoover Dam bypass. Soil-Tech was able to blend the color of the Hoover Dam’s damaged rock wall to the natural shade of rock in the canyon. After application, the sun oxidizes the varnish, and damaged areas will take on a natural, aged appearance. The result blends naturally with the surrounding landscape and with no impact to vegetation, wildlife or people.
“It would take hundreds of years for the environment to naturally return the color to its original hue,” said Jerry Stanley, president of Soil-Tech. “Permeon will make the damaged areas seem untouched.”
Workers also applied varnish to the Hoover Dam rock wall of the Nevada approach. A total of 1.1 million square feet of hillside surfaces was treated on the Nevada side.
For more information on current projects and offered services, go to www.soil-tech.com.