Joe Csoff has a number of ALUS projects on his demonstration farm in Norfolk County, Ontario. One of his most interesting projects is the rehabilitation of a washed-out gully that had eroded into the North Creek wooded ravine, which involved the stabilization of the gully and establishment of a thick vegetated buffer.
The gully had previously been stabilized at a cost of $20,000, but the original work failed due to the absence of an emergency overflow. ALUS Norfolk planned to install a drop culvert and emergency overflow.
We placed pieces of old cement foundation across the eroded gully to create a stabilizing wall and prepare it for backfilling in early fall 2008, then cover with topsoil.
Five years later, the gully had been stabilized, the cement wall was secure, and a thick vegetated buffer had been established. The site became a popular stop on for ALUS Norfolk tours.