Tag: straw wattles

A fiber roll is a temporary erosion control and sediment control device used on construction sites to protect water quality in nearby streams, rivers, lakes and seas from sediment erosion. It is made of straw, coconut fiber or similar material formed into a tubular roll.

Movin’ Down the Highway

Movin’ Down the Highway

Two decades ago, while working as the erosion control supervisor in Orange County, NC, Warren Faircloth, the then-county inspector, frequently observed a recurring problem with sediment control on construction projects.

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

Every type of construction project—building, road, bridge—involves erosion control. As soon as removal of an existing structure starts or a shovel turns over grass to expose the soil beneath, the need for erosion control begins.

Testing Inlet and Storm Drain Protection Devices

Testing Inlet and Storm Drain Protection Devices

Urban stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution because it carries pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, trash, debris, and other substances through storm drains and into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.

Erosion Control Devices

Erosion Control Devices

No one knows when it happened: some would say perhaps it made no sound, or maybe no one was listening, but something changed in the watershed upstream of several properties in a Noblesville, IN, subdivision. Suddenly, the slope of a streambank in a neighborhood backyard began wasting away.

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

Urban stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution because it carries pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, trash, debris, and other substances through storm drains and into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.

Working With Nature Following Wildfire

Working With Nature Following Wildfire

When you control water, you control nature. So why not use nature in your erosion and sediment control efforts? Many (if not all) erosion and sediment control practices attempt to control raindrops or runoff in one form or another, especially those that are applied to landscapes following wildfire. If you

Keeping the Water Contained

Keeping the Water Contained

Cofferdams in one form or another have been around for quite some time. Of course, centuries ago, they were not made of vinyl or geosynthetic materials. In 539 BC, King Cyrus of Persia used earthen cofferdams to divert the Euphrates River temporarily. By using this tactic, his armies were able

Rolling Back Erosion With Tubes, Logs, and Socks

Rolling Back Erosion With Tubes, Logs, and Socks

No one knows when it happened: some would say perhaps it made no sound, or maybe no one was listening, but something changed in the watershed upstream of several properties in a Noblesville, IN, subdivision. Suddenly, the slope of a streambank in a neighborhood backyard began wasting away.

Case Studies in Tube-Based Sediment Control

Case Studies in Tube-Based Sediment Control

With traditional sediment control devices like straw wattles and silt fence, a drop-and-go installation style could be disastrous. Proper trenching, staking, and preparation of the BMP-soil interface means the difference between success and failure, which has led many manufacturers of sediment control products to design the next generation of more

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