Three Methods of Erosion Prevention at Construction Sites

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A design-build consulting firm headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, Ceepco Contracting offers a full range of environmental consulting services. Ceepco Contracting assists clients with erosion prevention, which plays a vital role in protecting the environment during construction projects. Here are three strategies for preventing erosion at construction sites.

Disturb as little as possible: As a general rule, it is better to disturb only small areas at a time rather than utilizing the entire construction site at once. While it is expensive to haul in heavy equipment multiple times, the cost is significantly less than that of of remediation when significant erosion occurs.

Use A-jacks: A series of interlocking cement stakes, A-jacks improve the stability of slopes during intense storms. While A-jacks provide excellent protection in areas of high erosion, care must be taken because they are not biodegradable.

Consider geotextile rolls: Geotextile rolls are a fabric made of nonwoven coconut fibers, bound together with a simple polyethylene mesh rope. By covering the banks of small streams with sheets of geotextile fabric, erosion can be prevented on newly graded slopes in an environmentally friendly manner.