Sediment Control Approved Products List

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance document National Management Measure to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Urban Areas (November 2005, EPA-841-B-05-004) requires all construction site activities to reduce the amount of sediment generated (erosion control) and reduce the off-site transport of sediment and construction-related chemicals (sediment and chemical control). While there are several pollutants of concern (oils, gasoline, degreasers, paints, etc.), sediment from construction sites is by far the largest pollutant source (Canning, 1988). Eroded sediment from construction sites causes many problems, including adverse impacts on water quality as well as decreased capacity of reservoirs and streams, resulting in possible flooding. Sediment control devices (SCDs) are used on construction sites to retain sediment and prevent stormwater from adversely affecting adjacent waterways. SCDs include silt fences, wattles, sediment logs and basins, filter dams, and inlet protection devices. These products are designed to be installed for specific applications (curb inlets, drop inlets, perimeter protection, etc.) However, there is no scientifically sound, repeatable testing methodology that replicates field conditions to test and determine SCD performance. This project shall develop a formal testing protocol, test apparatus and propose thresholds for a performance-based sediment control device testing program that will assist the designer/engineer in selecting the most effective sediment control best management practice.


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  • Accession Number: 01782625
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7100
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2021 4:55PM