Sheetflow Construction Erosion and Sediment Control

January 14, 2019

Bonded Fiber Matrix BFM Needs to Cure Before it Rains

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:00 am

Bonded fiber matrix (BFM) needs to dry for 24 to 36 hours before it rains or else it can start to wash off.

December 2, 2018

Construction Erosion Inspection Hog Fuel Mulch Prevents Fugitive Dust

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:51 am

You are hauling dirt on a dry day and the dust is flying. The water truck driver’s head is about to explode trying to keep up with the dust control. Save yourself a Labor and Industries claim and use the ground up vegetation (hog fuel) piled up over on the edge of the project, waiting to be hauled off to the landfill.

November 5, 2018

Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)

I finally got my CPESC! “CPESCs are trained, tested and certified to the highest standards. CPESC following your name demonstrates qualification and provides confidence in your ability. CPESC team members ensure that projects run according to regulation, are permitted efficiently and perform exceptionally. ” Envirocert


November 4, 2018

How to Keep Construction Truck Tires Clean

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:40 am

So, you don’t want to use a tire wash, with all the costs and hassles associated with them; KEEP YOUR TIRES CLEAN and you won’t need one. Here’s how:

October 21, 2018

Creek Diversion for Restoration Work

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:00 am

This shows step by step instructions for working in a salmon-bearing stream including setting up fish screens, electroshocking fish, diversion pumping and sand bag dams.

September 17, 2018

Soil Stockpile Needs to be on Plastic

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:10 am

Soil stockpiled on asphalt will leave soil residue no matter how much you sweep. When possible, stockpile soil on heavy plastic, plywood, geotextile fabric, or some other material.

August 10, 2018

Clean Water Diversion Using an Unrolled Asphalt Road Edge

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:00 am

My favorite best management practices are the ones that involve a slight modification of the contractor’s “means and methods“. On this project, the foreman told the roller operator not to go all the way to the edge of the new asphalt, leaving a small, rolled asphalt edge. Since this is the first lift of asphalt, with several more inches to be added later, this will be covered up near the end of the project. At that time, stormwater will run off the asphalt shoulder into a grass-lined ditch. The best part is this was done at no additional cost to the owner.

July 3, 2018

Clean Water Diversion Using Jersey Barrier and Asphalt Berm

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:00 am

The more clean water you keep from flowing into your job site, the less dirty water you will have to manage. Placing a berm along the base of “Jersey Barrier” is one way to accomplish this. Materials you can use include cold patch, extruded asphalt curbing, or sand bags.

June 20, 2018

Pump, Plug and Infiltration Pond Used to Dispose of Turbid Water

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:43 am

Construction erosion and sediment control is really just temporary management of stormwater until the permanent, post-construction stormwater system is functional. Stormwater from this 3 acre site is managed by pumping turbid runoff to an on-site, infiltration pond.

May 14, 2018

Geotextile and Foam Check Dam Bad Installation

Filed under: Video — Sheetflow @ 7:00 am

Yet another example of poorly installed and maintained check dams. Even worse, it’s hard to install geotextile and foam check damsincorrectly. Here is an installation detail to use as a guide for proper installation:Geotextile-encased Check Dam

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