Sheet Flow Construction Erosion Control

March 30, 2020

Before and After

Photo: David Jenkins
Photo: David Jenkins

The contractor had to connect a new storm system from up the hill into an existing catch basin in the foreground. After they completed the connection but before paving, they covered the pipe run with plastic and sand bags to protect from dirty water entering the catch basin. Work was completed during dry summer weather. Paving took place a couple of months later.

March 27, 2020

Triangular Silt Dike Construction Entrance

Photo: David Jenkins

We had two goals: (1) keep dirty site water from draining off site and into the existing storm system; (2) allow access to the project for deliveries. Working together with the contractor, we decided that an asphalt berm alone wouldn’t provide enough protection and if installed thick enough to provide protection, wouldn’t allow for trucks to access the site. We also knew that Triangular Silt Dikes (TSDs) could be driven over but would tend to move if not secured to the existing asphalt. Solution: use both; TSDs to provide adequate protection from site discharges and the asphalt berm to secure the TSD flap to the existing asphalt. This worked well and required little maintenance.

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