Healthy Watersheds Are VitalIn our long experience as both farmers and conservationists, we’ve seen firsthand just how important watersheds are. This is why we started Watershed Materials.
The history of Watershed Materials is rooted in the dark, rich soils of Central Ohio and the red clay foothills of North Carolina. Our founders grew up in both—Carl Hamman has farmed in Ohio his entire life, and Garrett Rhyne grew up in the Piedmont Hills of western North Carolina.
Carl watched firsthand as changes in farming methods dramatically worsened the quality of watersheds throughout Ohio.
Likewise, the silted and polluted rivers of North Carolina were a wakeup call for Garrett.
While coming from two different states, this shared vision led to the decision that new products and methods were needed to protect and reclaim the watersheds we all depend on.
Watershed Materials ProductsWe offer everything you need to secure a safe and productive watershed. From bridging pipelines to erosion control, Watershed Materials’ products are effective, robust and environmentally-safe.
Mad Dog Foam Bridges offer an environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to bridging pipelines. They last for decades without needing maintenance, keeping impacts on the land to a minimum. Our bridges are designed to be installed with low impact equipment in a time sensitive environment. Mad Dog Foam Bridges are designed to help contractors complete their projects more quickly so that you can resume your best management farm practices in the pipeline right of ways.
Straw BlanketsOur straw blankets are specially designed to be allow animals and reptiles to crawl through the blankets... read more
Our straw blankets are specially designed to be allow animals and reptiles to crawl through the blankets without becoming entangled and trapped. Independent studies find that straw blankets made using animal friendly netting reduce entrapments by over 75%. In addition our blankets are treated with calcium to promote rapid seed germination and growth. We also coat the blankets with Hydropam to reduce turbidity.
Straw WattlesOur straw wattles are specially designed to be allow animals and reptiles to crawl through the wattle without becoming entangled and trapped... read more
Our straw wattles are specially designed to be allow animals and reptiles to crawl through the wattle without becoming entangled and trapped. Independent studies find that straw wattles made using animal friendly netting reduce entrapments by over 75%.
MalletsOur magnetic mallets can speed up installation by over 50% when used with our circle top pins. Low cost and light weight... read more
Our magnetic mallets can speed up installation by over 50% when used with our circle top pins. Low cost and light weight these mallets allow for easy deployment in the field and can be used for years without any maintenance.
Circle Top PinsOur circle top pins pins allow individuals using our mallets to install pins in erosion control blankets... read more
Our Soil circle top pins pins allow individuals using our mallets to install pins in erosion control blankets as quickly as they walk over the blankets.
“We believe the best way to improve a watershed is to return it to its natural state as fast as possible while avoiding disturbance to the surrounding environment as much as we can.”— Garrett Rhyne
Who we work withWatersheds are vital to everyone, so we work across a broad range of industries. Whether you’re a farmer, a landscape contractor, or a pipeline contractor, we’ve got the experience for your specific project.
For farmers, we offer products that install easily, act quickly and have the minimum disruption to your land. Watershed Materials gives you the capacity to ensure your land’s long-term productivity.
Landscape contractors will find Watershed Materials’ products to be a cost-effective way of satisfying your project requirements. Whether you need products for rehabilitation, prevention, or ongoing conservation, we’re happy to recommend solutions that fit the budget.
Watershed Materials’ Mad Dog Foam Bridges allow pipelines to be cheaply and easily bridged, without the need for costly ongoing maintenance. Foam Bridges are easy to install and remain in their original state for decades.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWe’re happy to answer any question you have about any Watershed Materials product. If our FAQ does not answer your specific concern, just drop us a line.
What watershed problems is Watershed Materials able to address?
Our products can improve a watershed no matter the quality or source of disturbance, from simple to complex problems. Our products are designed to be used in conjuncture with a well-designed watershed improvement plan. While results will vary based on the individual circumstances, you will always experience an improvement in the quality of your watershed.
Does Watershed Materials provide installation or maintenance services?
No—if you are unable to complete the installation yourself, we can help you find a qualified e installer in your area.
Once installed, our products are designed to not need routine maintenance. Our products are designed to last many years. When installed properly our products should bring stability to you watershed and allow nature to heal your watershed in a natural manner.
How long do Watershed Materials’ products take to improve the watershed?
The rate and potential for improvement depends on the exact condition of your watershed, however in most cases we see an improvement within 4 weeks.
How long do Watershed Materials’ products last for?
Our products are light weight but durable. Mad Dog Foam Bridges will last for decades once properly installed. Our straw blankets and wattles can last up to 2 years. This greatly reduces the need for ongoing maintenance work, as once installed our products are stable and do not deteriorate quickly.
Does installation cause any other impacts on the land or watershed?
Watershed Products are designed so that they can be installed with light weight equipment which minimizes the damage to the watershed during installation. As such, installation of our products in the correct manner does not typically cause any additional damage to the watershed. Installation activities are strictly limited to the immediate installation site and so only cause minimal and temporary disturbance. It is important that the installation be done following our suggested guidelines.
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“Watersheds are the future of our land. We make products that secure this future.”— Carl Hamman
Watershed Materials can provide whatever you need for your watershed restoration project. If you have any questions at all, or have a special project that needs doing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
13487 McKinley Rd
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143