Tag: silt fence installation

Silt fences are often perimeter controls, typically used in combination with sediment basins and sediment traps, as well as erosion controls, which are designed to retain sediment in place where soil is being disturbed by construction processes (i.e., land grading and other earthworks).
A typical fence consists of a piece of synthetic filter fabric (also called a geotextile) stretched between a series of wooden or metal fence stakes along a horizontal contour level. The stakes are installed on the downhill side of the fence, and the bottom edge of the fabric can be trenched into the soil and backfilled on the uphill side, although it is quite difficult to move the trenched “spoil” from the downside to the upside of the trench. The design/placement of the silt fence should create a pooling of runoff, which then allows sedimentation to occur. Water can seep through the silt fence fabric, but the fabric often becomes “blocked off” with fine soil particles (all sediment-retention devices have this challenge, and none of them “filter” storm water for very long).

Sediment Control Case Studies

Sediment Control Case Studies

In performing sediment control, Stacy’s ­Excavating typically uses silt fence, erosion logs, fabric mats, and inlet drain covers for its work. Among the items used are Blocksom and Co. products. The company’s Storm Water Inlet Filter serves as a sediment control solution for sewer inlets during the construction phase; it

Studies in Sediment Control

Studies in Sediment Control

When Nathan Stacy started Stacy’s ­Excavating in 2001, the Arcadia, IN-based company was bringing in less than $50,000 in revenues. The company is now pulling in more than $1 million.

Profile Products Announces Winner of Early Order Hydroseeder Giveaway

Profile Products Announces Winner of Early Order Hydroseeder Giveaway

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (September 2, 2015) — On August 27, Profile Products, the leading manufacturer of hydraulically applied mulch and soil additives, announced Erosion Control Services in Virginia Beach, as the winner of a 300-Gallon Bowie Hydro-Mulcher® from Bowie Industries, Inc.—a prize valued at over $11,000. Erosion Control Services entered

Putting the Brakes on Silt – Part 5

Putting the Brakes on Silt – Part 5

Dan Neaton’s company, Neaton Brothers Erosion Control in Mayer, MN, uses a variety of methods for sediment and erosion control.

One of the company’s current jobs is providing perimeter control for a large bypass construction job on State Highway 23 in Paynesville, MN. The job began in spring 2010 and is

Custom Site Challenges, Custom Solutions

Custom Site Challenges, Custom Solutions

Jeff Herndon, co-owner of Herndon Inc. in Lugoff, SC, knows that hilly terrain can mean that a relatively high volume of sediment collects in sedimentation barriers in a short time, necessitating short intervals between removals of sediment buildup. Maintaining intact barriers is one thing; having to clean up after a

Custom Site Challenges, Custom Solutions

Custom Site Challenges, Custom Solutions

Jeff Herndon, co-owner of Herndon Inc. in Lugoff, SC, knows that hilly terrain can mean that a relatively high volume of sediment collects in sedimentation barriers in a short time, necessitating short intervals between removals of sediment buildup. Maintaining intact barriers is one thing; having to clean up after a

Putting the Brakes on Silt

Putting the Brakes on Silt

When it comes to versatility, erosion control contractors rely on silt fence and wattles-or other rolled or berm-shaped filtration products-as the workhorses of a job site. They are used as sediment barriers, as check dams to slow the flow of water and sediment (placed perpendicular to the downhill flow of

Project Profile: Turning Regulations Into Profit

Erosion control has become everyone’s business. In the past, only contractors working on large job sites had to worry about erosion. That has changed. As stricter enforcement of more stringent regulations takes effect across the country, contractors of any size now spend more time working on erosion control. Small contractors

Different Approaches, Same Outcome

Different Approaches, Same Outcome

To say the least, no one-size-fits-all erosion and sediment control solution for construction sites exists. Since 2003, when Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) took effect, the task of controlling erosion and sedimentation has become more of a challenge because contractors have had to formulate a

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