Sheetflow Erosion Control Erosion Control for CESCL's

September 17, 2020

Compost Sock Catch Basin Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

This compost sock catch basin berm works well as it is heavy enough to stick to the asphalt. Note the tear and I would keep an eye on it during inspections.

September 15, 2020

Stockpile Cover and Berm

photo: David Jenkins

For this stockpile cover and berm application, I think the contractor could have used a few more sand bags.

September 9, 2020

Berm for Quarry Spalls

Quarry Spalls. Photo: David Jenkins

This would not have been my choice as a berm for quarry spalls; straw wattles are too light to use on asphalt and they allow water to flow under them. A compost sock, being heavy, would work better, though, they are prone to tearing. An asphalt berm might be best here.

April 28, 2020

Cool Things to do With Compost

Photo: David Jenkins

The bulk of the work will take place to the right of the silt fence. The grass will be removed and the area re-graded. The grass to the right of the construction fence will remain undisturbed. Some work will occur on the taxiway to the left of the tractor. Rather than use silt fence in this low risk area, compost berm will suffice. When done, the construction fence and stakes will be removed and re-used elsewhere and the compost will be spread out on the grass.

April 27, 2020

Cold Mix Asphalt Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

Cold mix asphalt berm works too. Used along the base of “jersey” barriers, high pH water from a concrete breaking operation is contained for later disposal off site.

April 24, 2020

Extruded Asphalt Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

Extruded asphalt berm at project entrance with center section “rolled” to allow trucks to enter and exit.

April 23, 2020

Extruded Asphalt Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

Another example of an extruded asphalt berm used to keep off site water from entering the work area.

April 22, 2020

Extruded Asphalt Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

We use extruded asphalt berms extensively to contain and direct site water to grass infield areas and to keep clean offsite water from entering the project. When the project is completed, the asphalt is removed and hauled to a batch plant for recycle.

April 21, 2020

Hot Mix Asphalt Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

The work area is the left. All runoff is diverted by silt fence and this hot mix asphalt berm to a sump, where it is pumped to a chitosan-enhanced sand filtration treatment system. This system prevented all turbid site water from entering the roadside ditch-outside of the silt fence-from draining to a creek. Note the mud on the left side of the berm and the clean asphalt on the right.

Since this is summer work and perimeter BMPs are containing all site runoff, we are not covering bare soil.

Upon completion and soil stabilization, the asphalt berm will be removed and hauled to an asphalt batch plant for recycle.

April 7, 2020

Silt Fence Water Bars Fail

Photo: David Jenkins

Whenever I see something like this, it makes me think that the site owner/contractor either didn’t know what they were doing or bit off more project than they could chew, or both. These guys cleared, grubbed and graded something over 80 acres starting in late summer, failed to phase the work, failed to use soil cover practices, failed to listen to the experts and got nailed by the fall rains.

Erosion control is really about water control: reducing volume, preventing it from becoming turbid, and controlling where it goes. By the time the rains hit this project, there was too much water, it was too dirty, and there were too few options for controlling where it went.

In addition, they refused to set up a chitosan-enhanced sand filtration system to treat and discharge water; this left them no options and too much turbid water that had nowhere to go. As a result, they hammered a wetland, were fined heavily, and were shut down for months.

Silt fences are not meant to control water, convey water, filter water; they are designed to control eroded sediment. Ditches, berms (rock, gravel, triangular silt dikes, etc.) would have been better choices at this location. Not opening up so much area so late in the season would have been the best option. Their means and methods did not save them time or money.

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