Sheetflow Erosion Control Erosion Control for CESCL's

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.

August 24, 2020

Construction Access with Steel Plates

We built a construction access with steel plates across this stormwater swale. Then we laid compost socks and straw wattles along side of the eco blocks placed along the edges.

The adjacent parking lot drains into the swale and must be protected from dirty construction stormwater discharges.

July 27, 2020

BMP Graveyard-Straw Wattle

Photo: David Jenkins

Another ten year old straw wattle and the plastic is partly degraded but mostly too strong to pull apart.

July 10, 2020

BMP Graveyard-Straw Wattle

Photo: David Jenkins

This used to be a straw wattle 10 years ago. Now it is just plastic mesh BMP graveyard.

June 16, 2020

BMP Graveyard-Straw Wattle

Photo: David Jenkins

Here is another BMP graveyard. Ten year old straw wattle. The straw is long gone but the plastic mesh just as strong as ever.

June 9, 2020

Old Excelsior Wattle

photo: David Jenkins

I don’t know how old this excelsior wattle is but old enough to grow moss. The straw is well degraded but the plastic mesh is still too strong to pull apart.

March 31, 2020

Straw Wattle on Slope Stops Rills

Video: David Jenkins

This straw wattle on a slope stops rills before they can completely form.

March 23, 2020

Old Silt Fence

22 year-old silt fence. Photo: David Jenkins

This fence was installed when a storage facility was constructed behind my house. My kids were preschoolers; now they are college age. Why was this installed since everything is level? Why was it never removed? Was this the right choice for a perimeter control BMP? Silt fence is the “go-to” perimeter control. Should it be? There are so many options available: Forest duff and vegetation berm, burlap silt fence with wooden stakes, compost berm, straw wattles, all of which could be left in place to biodegrade after the project is completed.

January 10, 2020

Plastic Netting

I saw this plastic netting today while looking at site we will be working on this summer. The straw wattle was left over from a previous project, completed almost six years ago. The straw filler is almost completely degraded. The netting is partially degraded, but in places is too strong to tear apart with my fingers. We need more 100% biodegradable best management practices and less plastic netting.

Six year old straw wattle. Photo: David Jenkins
Close up of plastic netting. Photo: David Jenkins

December 17, 2019

Straw Wattles Reduce Erosion

Video: David Jenkins

This is a video I took a year after these straw wattles were installed on a slope to reduce erosion.

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