Sheet Flow Construction Erosion Control

September 24, 2020

Biodegradable Erosion Control BMPs: Burlap Fence Compost Sock

Video: David Jenkins

Biodegradable Erosion Control BMPs: Burlap Fence Compost Sock

My goal was 100% biodegradable BMPs on this habitat restoration project. In this video I show the burlap silt fence and the compost socks.

November 17, 2020

Silt Fence Here?

Photo: David Jenkins

Would I put silt fence here? I would not. The work involves installing an 8 inch ductile water line to a property up the hill. The connection to service is at the left orange cone. The other orange cones are located on the backfilled excavation. I would have specified a gravel berm, asphalt berm, burlap fence, orange construction fence, or a combination.

November 10, 2020

What’s Wrong with this Photo?

Photo: David Jenkins-Sheetflow Erosion Control

What’s wrong with this photo? On first glance, it looks like a peaceful pathway across a stormwater swale. In reality, it is two compost socks that need to be overlapped and one burlap silt fence that needs maintenance.

March 23, 2020

Old Silt Fence

22 year-old silt fence. Photo: David Jenkins

This fence was installed when a storage facility was constructed behind my house. My kids were preschoolers; now they are college age. Why was this installed since everything is level? Why was it never removed? Was this the right choice for a perimeter control BMP? Silt fence is the “go-to” perimeter control. Should it be? There are so many options available: Forest duff and vegetation berm, burlap silt fence with wooden stakes, compost berm, straw wattles, all of which could be left in place to biodegrade after the project is completed.

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