Erosion causes many adverse effects such as making slopes unstable, destroying ecosystems, degrading water supplies and increasing flood hazards. Given that development and construction are the factors that lead to erosion, there should be key emphasis on erosion control in construction sites. Below are some of the things you have to know when planning to control erosion so that you will be knowledgeable on proper implementation that will give you appropriate outcomes.
Be Well-Informed on the Erosion Control Measures
It is very important to ensure that the soil in the section is kept in place so that the erosion control turns out to be successful. For this to be successful, you will have to limit removing vegetation, and cover bare bases with straw or by seeding. You can use erosion blankets on sensitive steep slopes and cover soils after seeding has been completed.
Establish Sediment Control Measures
Sediment control is used to either compliment or back-up erosion control. Using straw rolls on slopes and constructing silt fences at the bottom of the slopes are but a few ways through which you can control sediment. The principal purpose of using these measures is to catch soil that could not be helped by the erosion control measures, not to prevent the erosion.
Determine Ways Through which Runoffs Can be Controlled
With water being the main enemy to successful erosion control, you have to lay down a strategy that will be used to control storm water and keep it away from bare grounds. Before diverting the flows from the empty grounds, you will have to find a vegetated area that is capable of withstanding runoffs. When coping with significant levels of water, the tactic changes to finding multiple locations to which the runoffs will be diverted to.
Figure out Ways in Which The Erosion Control Will Be Maintained
When it comes to erosion control, you cannot be entirely sure of its effectiveness; you should, therefore, consider continually checking on the measures already implemented. After doing this, you will be able to discern between areas that will need additional reinforcement and those that will require a fresh project. One of the ways through which you can maintain erosion control measure is by clearing silt out on silt fencing and drainage inlets regularly.
Consider Natural Ways of Controlling Erosion
A recommendable natural method of controlling erosion is through planting trees on slopes since they have the capability of anchoring the ground. The fact that turf grass have extended roots makes them suitable to control erosion since they will be able to link the surrounding soil together. To add on this, many researches recommend turf grass as the best method of controlling erosion.