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Transportation and worked with a conservation group after graduation. He saw the damage that is caused by sediment flowing into waterways. When an area is cleared of vegeta-tion, the released sediment ends up in rivers and streams, causing damage to fish and other marine life, as well as contributing to algae blooms. The runoff of the sediment also removes nutrients from the soil, meaning that farmers or landscapers must use even more additives to replace the loss. Sediment must often be removed from the waterways, and Toole says that the US Army Corps of Engineers spends millions of taxpayer dollars a year to dredge sediment out of lakes, rivers, and streams. It is better to stop the sediment runoff than to have to fix it after the fact. “Everything drains to our rivers, creeks, and lakes, and sediment pollutes them and makes it harder for aquatic species to survive,” says Toole. He formed a company, Volunteer Erosion Control, which works on construction sites to restore vegetation and fix any erosion issues. In 2012, Toole partnered with Mike Barto in another company, Erosion Supply. This company provides the materi-als needed for Volunteer Erosion Control to restore sites. Supplies provided include porous pavers, erosion control blankets, wattles, inlet protection bags, and other products. To continue the work of the two companies, equipment was needed. Toole immediately called a Caterpillar dealer, Stowers Machinery. He bought a 287 multi-terrain loader as one of the first buys and recently purchased a 305E2 CR mini hydraulic excavator. The size of the equipment allows him to complete projects even in the most environmentally sensitive areas. He appreciates the value Caterpillar and its dealers bring to the customer. The 287 multi-terrain loader has a high-performance power train with an Electronic Torque Management Sys-tem, and an electronically controlled engine providing high horsepower and torque. The Intelligent Leveling System gives exceptional leveling capabilities and work tool positioning. The track provides passage over any terrain without causing damage to landscaping or even soggy ground. Features such as a high-backed heated seat and adjustable joystick controls increase operator comfort. The new High Definition Hydraulic System in the 305E2 CR mini hydraulic excavator brings load-sensing and flow-sharing capabilities to enhance the performance and preci-sion of the excavator. The bucket has 200-degree rotation, giving greater control of load materials in transfer to a dump truck or dirt pile. The compact radial design allows this excavator to work in very tight spaces. The upper body stays with 5.5 inches of the undercarriage, leaving the operator free to concentrate on the job without risking damage to the rear of the vehicle or anything else nearby. The model has a choice of rubber or steel tracks, depending on the needs of the owner. Rubbers are the standard because they can be used on grass, gravel, or pavement. Caterpillar builds and sells other compact equipment useful for erosion control applications, including skid steers, bulldozers, track loaders, and backhoes in sizes that 30 EROSION CONTROL WWW.EROSIONCONTROL.COM

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