Prevent Erosion with These 5 Steps
In our last post, we explained the process of erosion, the environmental damage it can cause, and why governments frequently punish companies that don’t take steps to mitigate erosion damage. Fortunately, this process doesn’t involve much guesswork. There are several concrete steps construction managers can take to prevent erosion, protect the environment, and avoid fines and costly remediation.
1. Break Your Projects Into Chunks
Large construction projects have a lot of moving parts and controlling them all with the same focus is a tough tasks. That’s why, whenever possible, it’s a good practice to disturb as little of your construction area as possible at any one time. Not only will this allow planners to create a more specific erosion control plan on a smaller level, but it will also make it easier for workers to execute that plan.
There’s no question that this will often be the less efficient way to approach a job. But it will be far less expensive then the cost of fines or remediation.
2. Protect the Ground Whenever Possible
Exposed, loose soil is most vulnerable to erosion because there’s nothing acting to keep it in place. Ground cover protects soil from erosion by shielding it from the wind and adhering it together through its root systems. That’s why you should try to preserve ground cover whenever possible by leaving grasses, trees, and shrubs intact.
When they must be removed, you can lay down plastic sheeting or several inches of dry hay to protect the soil from water and wind. You can also use construction mats to protect soil and vegetation from the weight of heavy machinery and personnel.
3. Install Silt Fencing
Silt fences sit between construction sites and drainage sources and filter contaminates from runoff water before it reaches rivers or streams. There are many different styles of silt fences and to work, they must all be installed correctly. But this can be a very effective method for controlling water erosion on a job site.
4. Reseed Immediately
Once you’ve completed excavation it’s important to reseed immediately. Root systems prevent erosion by holding the soil together, so the faster this process can begin, the better. There are a number of fast-growing ground-covering options you can choose from, so consult with a landscaper or a landscape architect who can help with this step.
Of course for any of these methods to work, they must be used regularly and properly. And a rigorous self-inspection program is the best way to accomplish this. This can be a tough job on a large job site with a number of different subcontractors working side-by-side. So it’s important your inspection program has a mandate and buy-in from everyone involved.
Industrial Matting Can Help
Erosion control is no laughing matter. In fact, having the right protocols in place can make or break your project. Fortunately, the construction professionals at Industrial Matting are here to help you design a matting solution that will protect the ground and play an important role in your erosion prevention plans. We can also help with mat installation and removal so you’ll know the job is done just right.
Contact us today at (888) 543-MAT or by filling out the contact form on our website. If you’re working under a tight budget, we also offer a large selection of high-quality used mats that are much less expensive than new. We also offer a robust buy-back program for mats you no longer need. So no matter how you use our mats, you’ll get the most value for your hard-earned dollars.