Sheetflow Construction Erosion and Sediment Control

January 23, 2020

Classic Rill Formation

Rills Forming on Slope Photo: David Jenkins

This was about a 3:1 slope that had been track walked but not hydroseeded. Rill formation began with the first rain event and progressed with subsequent rain storms over a period of two months.

January 10, 2020

Plastic Netting

I saw this today while looking at site we will be working on this summer. The straw wattle was left over from a previous project, completed almost six years ago. The straw filler is almost completely degraded. The netting is partially degraded, but in places is too strong to tear apart with my fingers. We need more 100% biodegradable best management practices and less plastic netting.

Six year old straw wattle. Photo: David Jenkins
Close up of plastic netting. Photo: David Jenkins

December 3, 2019

Construction Erosion Inspection-Trench Excavation Asphalt Kept Clean

Dirt loaded into front loader bucket and hauled to stockpile, or dirt side cast onto asphalt: which is cheaper? How about no sweeper needed, no dirty water going down the drain. I go with the first answer.

November 5, 2019

Inspecting Sand Bag Check Dams

How to inspect sand bag check dams.

September 24, 2019

That’s Some Fancy Rock Construction Entrance

I saw this on the way to work and thought it was amusing on the surface. Really, though, I think they needed the elevation to access the upper part of the site.

September 3, 2019

Temporary Irrigation for Erosion Control Grass Growth Success

August 27, 2019

Denver Dirt Pile

Just a nice dirt pile in Denver. Walking around between presentations at the International Erosion Control Conference in February 2019 and saw this. A little utility work in the street, going to reuse the excavated dirt, placed it on plastic, put some berms around base, no rain in the forecast and the dire goes back in the hole later in the day so no need for cover.

August 20, 2019

Truck Being Loaded on Asphalt Keeps Tires Clean

If I’ve said it once, I must have said it 3 or 4 times: “Keep your tires clean!”. Who wants to use a tire wash and have to get rid of a whole lot of dirty water (process water) that can’t go down the storm drain? Save yourself some hassle and money. Give your employees a raise with the money you save.

August 13, 2019

The Soaker Tire wash

These are great as long as the tires are not too muddy, the mud is not too sticky and the vehicle load is not too high. Most of the water is directed to the sidewalls and misses much of the mud hiding in the treads. These work great as the final , clean rinse cycle in conjunction with a tire bath best management practice. Chemical flocculants can be added to the water to remove much of the sediment load. Web site: www.sheetflow.com

Description from the website: http://www.thesoaker.com/

“The Soaker” is a portable, self-contained and environmentally friendly wheel washing system. The system does not require city power or water connected to it which makes it highly portable.

“The Soaker” can be installed on job sites, dump sites and material pits to help keep the surrounding streets free of mud and dirt.

Its aluminum and stainless steel construction makes “The Soaker” environmentally friendly.

It features a high capacity main tank of 4000 gallons and a reserve tank of 2000 gallons. Its adjustable spray heads provide a low pressure/high volume water stream of up to 1000gpm. Motion sensors detect the vehicles on approach and turn on the pumps so the water spray is at full power by the time the vehicles go through the wheel wash.

“The Soaker” is manufactured to provide solutions to problems such as portability, road pollution, costly cleaning processes, fines and violations for depositing debris onto public highways, etc…

“The Soaker” can be rented on a monthly basis or purchased. A lease purchase option is also available. For more information about “The Soaker” wheel washing system, please call us at: (818) 952-6752 or email at: soakerinfo@thesoaker.com

August 6, 2019

Sandbag Berm Sawcut Slurry Vacuum and Pump

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