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A silt fence, sometimes (misleadingly) called a “filter fence,” is a temporary sediment control device used on construction sites to protect water quality in nearby streams, rivers, lakes and seas from sediment (loose soil) in stormwater runoff. Silt fences are widely used on construction sites in North America and elsewhere, due to their low cost and simple design. However, their effectiveness in controlling sediment can be limited, due to problems with poor installation, proper placement, and/or inadequate maintenance.

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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The First Line of Defense: Protecting Inlets and Storm Drains

The First Line of Defense: Protecting Inlets and Storm Drains

In stormwater management for both temporary and post-construction measures, inlet and storm drain protection is one of the first lines of defense. It’s also a measure that often works in combination with other best management practices (BMPs) as part of an overall erosion control or stormwater management program.

Inlet and Storm Drain Protection

Inlet and Storm Drain Protection

In stormwater management for both temporary and post-construction measures, inlet and storm drain protection is one of the first lines of defense. It’s also a measure that often works in combination with other best management practices (BMPs) as part of an overall erosion control or stormwater management program.

Helping the Fish to Cross the Road

Helping the Fish to Cross the Road

In recent years, efforts to restore fish habitat in the US have gained momentum. It has been recognized that barriers to fish passage have suppressed populations of salmonid fish species such as coho, Chinook, steelhead, and others. These fish are important for many reasons. According to the Wild Salmon Center

If It Quacks Like a Duck, It Could Someday Be a Wetland

If It Quacks Like a Duck, It Could Someday Be a Wetland

On a sultry afternoon in mid-July, two bodies of water, entwined by nature but separated by man, became reacquainted for the first time in nearly 100 years. The estrangement had been quite stressful for both, but expedience had dictated that third-party interests—those of agriculture, commerce, and development—would take priority over

Two Ways to Install Silt Fences

Two Ways to Install Silt Fences

The right way, it turns out, has a lot of variables, as any contractor knows. The choices are dictated by the type of soil, the slope gradient, and the length of time a job may take, as well as other influences. The wrong way often has…

Controlling Sediment Through Perimeter Containment

Controlling Sediment Through Perimeter Containment

Work on the average construction site disrupts many cubic yards of dirt. All of that disrupted soil poses a big sediment control challenge. Given the unpredictability of storms and rainfall, controlling sediment requires vigilance. It also adds to the cost of construction projects. But if sedimentation is not controlled, the

A Low-Cost Coring Platform

A Low-Cost Coring Platform

Soil erosion costs billions of dollars in lost ­agricultural productivity, property destruction, and water pollution each year in the US (USDA 1987). Displaced sediment also reduces channel and ­reservoir storage for flood control. Often, soil erosion is problematic in areas cleared of native ­vegetation for agriculture and development, including the

Controlling Sediment Through Perimeter Containment

Controlling Sediment Through Perimeter Containment

Work on the average construction site disrupts many cubic yards of dirt. All of that disrupted soil poses a big sediment control challenge. Given the unpredictability of storms and rainfall, controlling sediment requires vigilance. It also adds to the cost of construction projects. But if sedimentation is not controlled, the

Minimizing Sediment Discharges From Landfill Projects

Minimizing Sediment Discharges From Landfill Projects

Removal of suspended particles in runoff happens when one of two conditions occurs: reduced flow velocities or filtered runoff. The former can occur by changing a slope gradient, increasing surface roughness, or containing runoff waters. The latter requires a medium through which runoff can flow to capture suspended particles. Both

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