Sheetflow Construction Erosion and Sediment Control

May 15, 2020

Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects

Download: Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects.PDF

The classic brochure developed in 1997 by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington Education Foundation and the Fugitive Dust Task Force, Seattle, Washington. Updated and edited for the Internet by: www.sheetflow.com, February 2009.

April 20, 2020

Environmentally Friendly, Biodegradable, Re-usable, and Recyclable Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs

This is an article I wrote for the April-May 2020 “Environmental Connections” magazine of the International Erosion Control Assn.  It starts on page 26.

Environmentally Friendly, Biodegradable, Re-usable, and Recyclable Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs

David Jenkins, CPESC

Erosion Control/Stormwater Engineer, Port of Seattle

Background

We have all seen silt fence left in place years after a project is completed, heard of birds and reptiles trapped in erosion blanket netting even after the straw and coconut mulch has biodegraded (1), and know of catch basin inserts and silt fence landfilled at the end of a project.

In 2015, the Port of Seattle (Port) rebuilt the center runway at Sea-Tac International Airport.  Silt fence was installed on the project perimeter-a total of nearly four miles.  Recyclers would not take the used fence and it ended up in a landfill. (2)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) keeps records of the total planned quantity of materials used on projects. From February 1, 2000 to February 1, 2020, the total planned quantity of silt fence used on WSDOT projects was 1,826,160 linear feet, or about 345 miles. Installed on both sides of Interstate 5, that quantity would run from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon.  Based on my experience, the silt fence fabric likely ended up in a landfill or was left in place. (3)

The following are some means, methods, procedures and best management practices available to reduce the overall environmental impact of your construction projects. (more…)

Download: Environmental Connections, April-May 2020

Plastic mesh from straw wattle, five years after installation. Photo: David Jenkins

April 15, 2020

Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects

Download: Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects.PDF

The classic brochure developed in 1997 by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington Education Foundation and the Fugitive Dust Task Force, Seattle, Washington. Updated and edited for the Internet by: www.sheetflow.com, February 2009.

December 27, 2019

Detroit Riprap

Located at Milepost 25 on Highway 89, just under 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah. The hike takes about 10 minutes. I found a couple of early sixties Ford Falcons, a mid-sixties Lincoln, some mid-sixties Chevy Impalas, and a Corvair with the engine. I couldn’t identify the other cars. Here is the map: Catstair

Photos: David Jenkins

May 14, 2019

Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects

Download: Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects.PDF

The classic brochure developed in 1997 by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington Education Foundation and the Fugitive Dust Task Force, Seattle, Washington. Updated and edited for the Internet by: www.sheetflow.com, February 2009.

May 7, 2019

Fugitive Dust Control for Equipment Operators

Download: Fugitive Dust Control for Equipment Operators

Download: Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects.PDF

November 14, 2017

Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects

Download: Guide to Handling Fugitive Dust from Construction Projects.PDF

The classic brochure developed in 1997 by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington Education Foundation and the Fugitive Dust Task Force, Seattle, Washington. Updated and edited for the Internet by: www.sheetflow.com, February 2009.

June 1, 2014

How to Design and Install a Wheel Wash

How to Design and Install a Wheel Wash
By: Mark Kestner, Ph.D.

National Environmental Service Co., Inc.
7 Hampshire Drive, Mendham, NJ 07945 Tel: 973-543-4586 www.drdust.com
Presented at: California Mining Association Annual Meeting 2005, Squaw Valley, CA May 24-27

Introduction

Quarries, ready-mix plants, construction sites and other industrial facilities have become the
targets of new regulations designed to prevent track-out of mud, dust and dirt on to public roads. These
regulations have been developed primarily in response to Federal EPA actions that have designated many
metropolitan areas as “non-attainment” for their failure to comply with air quality standards for fine
particulate. Fine particulate, known as PM10 and fine respirable particulate, PM2.5, are now regarded as
the number one health hazard in urban environments. These particles are so small that they become
lodged in the aveoli of the lungs where they can cause or aggravate a variety of respiratory diseases
including asthma, emphysema and lung cancer.
Local governments in non-attainment areas are forced to take draconian measures to comply with
fine particulate standards or face the loss of federal highway funds. As a result, cities like Los Angeles
and Phoenix, have or are in the process of adopting rules that require affected facilities to install wheel
washes. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in California, for example, has
recently passed Rule 1157 that will mandate the use of rumble grates and tire washes.
In other areas of the country, encroaching residential and commercial development around
industrial sites has led to an increased demand for wheel washes. Many companies, particularly stone
quarries, have installed wheel washes in order to get out in front of regulation and demonstrate their
willingness to be good neighbors. Other facilities are forced into compliance through fines and litigation.

Faced with state and local governments under the threat of federal action and a public unwilling
to tolerate any pollution, companies need to take a hard look at how best to respond. Because the costs of
pollution control equipment are difficult to recover, affected facilities have a real incentive to develop
affordable and effective technology to prevent carryout.
….MORE….

May 1, 2014

Sheetflow Sampling Guidance Document

Sheetflow Sampling Guidance Document

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The agency’s Industrial Stormwater Multi-sector General Permit requires all permittees to conduct stormwater monitoring.
To do that, a facility needs to collect stormwater samples and follow a specific procedure from preparing to collect each
sample through submitting the sample’s lab results to the agency. This fact sheet, and its companion video (link), offer
helpful guidance and tips about how to correctly collect a sheet flow sample. Read the program’s Monitoring Guidance
Manual for Minnesota’s Industrial Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/viewdocument.html?gid=15415) for comprehensive guidance about the permit’s monitoring requirements.

April 1, 2014

Straw Wattle Installation Guide

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ACF West

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