Sheetflow Erosion Control Erosion Control for the CESCL

December 4, 2020

Extruded Asphalt Berms

Here are a few examples of extruded asphalt berms or curbs:

Presentation: David Jenkins

This berm keeps clean water from draining off the asphalt to the right into the work area to the left. If the clean water was allowed into the work area, the contractor would have much more dirty water to deal with.

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This is another example of using asphalt to keep clean runoff from entering the work area.

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In this project, we are removing and replacing the asphalt surface on the left. The asphalt curb is used to keep the dirty runoff on the right from entering the work area. Candlesticks are used to delineate the project boundary and keep vehicles from driving over the berm.

December 3, 2020

Some More Asphalt Berms

Here are some more asphalt berms:

Presentation: David Jenkins

This contractor surrounded an excavation with asphalt berms to direct clean water away from the work and keep dirty water inside the work area. There is a pump behind the sand bags on the right to pump dirty water back into the project. Note the berm that directs street runoff directly to the catch basin.

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This contractor has used a hot mix asphalt berm to separate the work area from the roadway to the right. All water and sediment is directed to the pump across the access road which sends the water to a stormwater treatment system.

December 2, 2020

Asphalt Berm

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This is a cold patch asphalt berm used to contain high pH water from a concrete crushing operation.

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Hot mix asphalt used to contain project water and direct it to a sump and pump. The water was pumped to a header pipe that was connected to a chitosan-enhanced treatment system.

November 24, 2020

Creative Slop Bin

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I call it a creative slop bin but really it’s an old loading dock. We had to do a storm system repair and needed a place close to the work to hold the vactor slurry temporarily. The catch basin grate has plastic under it.

November 23, 2020

Erosion Controls in Olympic National Park

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Recently, I stopped to check out erosion controls on the way to the Staircase in Olympic National Park.

November 20, 2020

Bubbling Crude

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This “bubbling crude” could be from an episode of ” The Beverly Hillbillies”, but it isn’t. This is oil from a leaking underground storage tank we found on a Superfund cleanup project.

November 19, 2020

A Rare Beast

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Here is a rare beast: a vacuum sweeper with working spray nozzles and nothing dripping out of the back.

This has been such a problem that I included the following language in my erosion control specification:

1.) Vacuum sweepers shall have on-board water spray systems operating at all times.  

2.) Sweeper systems shall function per manufacturer specifications including, but not limited to, water spray systems, blowers, vacuum nozzles, hoses, debris hopper, hydraulics and electrical.

3.) At no time shall debris hopper seals leak debris and/or liquids

November 18, 2020

The Problem with Hosing Tires

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What is the problem with hosing tires? Water-specifically “Process Water”. Water that is used in a process, like hosing tires, is classified as process water and must be dealt with as though it is contaminated; because it is, with oil, grease, and various metals. So, if you are going to hose tires, you must plan to collect and dispose of the water legally. Legal disposal means a special processor for treatment and discharge or sanitary sewer.

November 17, 2020

Silt Fence Here?

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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 16, 2020

A Final Inspection

I am conducting a final inspection of erosion controls at a former staging area. Some of the best management practices shown are: silt fence, straw wattles, and hydroseed.

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