Erosion and Sediment Control
Building for the Future While Protecting Our Environment
As enforcement of the conditions of NPDES permits changes the compliance landscape for many projects there was significant change that was required of site operators. While change is always difficult there was also the challenge of maintaining a production schedule while performing new tasks that may not have seemed to further the project. As site operators and crews became more proficient with the products and materials many uses were improved from the standard ways of installation that improved the function and performance outcomes. With a focus on the improvements in both materials and performance testing and innovative uses site managers have been raising the bar and exceeding expectations for erosion prevention, sediment control, and project phasing. The presentation will focus on innovations and successes from the last decade that have benefited both the bottom line and the environment. It turns out that with a bit of planning, a willingness to change, and professional positive people on our teams we can truly provide the necessary infrastructure for the future, grow economies and create jobs and protect the environment where we work that makes those communities great places to live.
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Best management practices have been specified with certain installation requirements and end users have been penalized for deviating from standard detail and specifications even when field modifications have resulted in positive outcomes. These realities have only prevented innovation and decreased the further improvements of our industries products and willingness to explore creative effective solutions. Does an erosion control blanket really need to be installed up and down a slope or can it be effective installed across a slope? If installed early enough during embankment construction can the anchor trench at the top of the slope be eliminated saving time and still perform as desired. The answer to both is yes, under the right conditions that actually exist more often that we have thought. Do fiber rolls or straw wattles really need to be installed level across a slope o pond water on the slope or can they be installed to actually move water off of a slope and more effectively prevent erosion especially during wetter periods. These questions are often not answered because to do so would go against standard convention and specifications. During this presentation deviations from conventional practices will be explored and the positive outcomes will be celebrated for the successes that they are rather than a violation of norms that may not actually be the best management practice.