Sheetflow Erosion Control Erosion Control for the CESCL

September 16, 2020

30 mil PVC

Photo: David Jenkins

Catch Basin Covered with 30 mil PVC – This catch basin in a live storm system sits right in the middle of an actively worked area. Plugging the discharge pipe wasn’t possible due to depth and access of the manhole. The solution is placing heavy 30 mil PVC liner material under the grate then telling all of the workers that they are not to poke holes in it when the area floods from rain.

October 30, 2019

Open Catch Basin Fixed Again

photo: David Jenkins

As of two days ago, the open catch basin is fixed again; there is new 30 mil PVC under the catch basin grate and turbid water is not draining into the catch basin. The contractor told their staff not to puncture the PVC. No word on whether they are thinking more proactively about this. The best measure is to keep the stockpile covered and the area cleaned up. We shall see what’s next.

October 29, 2019

Open Catch Basin Open Again

Photo: David Jenkins

The saga continues… the next inspection looked like the first inspection. The open catch basin is open again. 500 + NTU water draining into the catch basin. What happened?

Photo: David Jenkins

As suspected, someone didn’t like the flooding, so they punctured the 30 mil PVC. I am wondering why the contractor erosion control lead is not finding this.

October 28, 2019

Open Catch Basin Fixed?

Photo: David Jenkins

I inspected the open catch basin the next day to see if it was fixed, and this is what the contractor had done to keep turbid water out. I have nothing against doing this, but, since this does keep water out, flooding ensues. Flooding is okay if the catch basin is in a low spot and no one needs to work in the area.

I told the contractor that they might want to look at the storm system and see if there is a point where they can install a concrete plug temporarily and use the system for conveying the turbid water to their treatment system.

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