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Posted on: May 28, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Cheap Erosion and Sediment Control in a Pinch

You know the rain is coming and you need a stable site. These quick and easy fixes can help keep your small site compliant.

Sometimes a project doesn't go as planned, and a little last minute scrambling is required to come up with erosion and sediment control practices. Here are some thoughts on what you can do "in a pinch" to keep your small site compliant:

1) Wood mulch berms. These can be used in place of silt fence. They need to be at least 1' wide and 1' high. You may have mulch already lying around from site clearing. For small fixes, you can also make use of free wood mulch available in the parking area at the Central Maintenance Facility.

2) Wood mulch. Mulch can be used as a temporary cover for bare soils.

3) Oats, wheat and other temporary cover crop. Ok, this doesn't really fall into the last minute category because it will take at least a week to germinate, but cover crops provide excellent erosion protection at a reasonable cost.

4) Tarps. Soils can't erode away if you prevent water from coming in contact with them. Many of us have an old tarp lying around that we can throw over small stockpiles.

Just remember, soils need to be covered and contained to remain compliant with city regulations.

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