Sheetflow Construction Erosion and Sediment Control

April 3, 2020

Eroded Stockpile

Photo: David Jenkins

This stockpile is well within the project boundaries and there is nothing leaving the project. I consider this a problem for the contractor, not for water quality compliance. By allowing this to occur, the contractor has made the eroded stockpile soil unsuitable for use in embankment fill and has to haul it offsite at their expense. This could have been avoided by berming the top of the stockpile to direct water to pipe slope drain pipe that prevents water from flowing over the side of the fill.

April 1, 2020

Compost Berm

Photo: David Jenkins

We rarely use silt fence on smaller airfield projects because: the work areas are nearly flat, are surrounded by grass or pavement, the work takes a few months, usually in the summer or fall. Compost berms are frequently used to: contain water, divert water, prevent site runoff. A secondary benefit is filtration; there is some turbidity reduction. Lastly, when done,. we spread the compost out over the disturbed soil and hydroseed it, enhancing grass growth and eliminating the waste of land-filling silt fence.

January 13, 2020

A Little Wind Overnight

Photo: David Jenkins

The fence went over just like dominos. At least the compost berm stayed in place.

October 31, 2019

Is This Silt Fence Necessary?

Perimeter Silt Fence Photo: David Jenkins

Overlooking the fact that this silt fence installation needs some maintenance, I wonder if it was ever really needed in this location? The slope grades to the fence are minimal and not very long, and the roadside ditch line is graded so that water will drain away from the road.

This type of silt fence installation is appropriate at the base of long, steep slopes, or if there is risk of sediment travelling off site. Also, all of the materials used will likely be land filled and not reused, including the wire backing and the “T” posts.

If this were my site, I would have installed orange safety fence with steel “T” posts, maybe with a compost berm along the base, on the project side. The safety fence can be easily removed and reused later, and the compost could be raked into the ditch line and hydroseeded.

August 25, 2015

Benefits of Compost for Establishing Grass

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