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Erosion & Sediment Control Field Guide
There are resources available to you to mitigate/prevent erosion and control sediment! Our partners at the Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium (NEWSC) have provided an “Erosion & Sediment Control Field Guide,” which is an excellent resource for all developers and the general public.
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Did you know?
Erosion is the process of soil, rock and other particles displacing from a location by wind and/or water (like stormwater runoff). Sediment is formed from erosion. If not prevented or mitigated, sediment can be carried off into our lakes, streams, and wetland, which could affect wildlife, public and private property. Erosion and sediment control is important for many construction activities, including removal of protective vegetation or ground cover, excavation, grading, landfilling, stockpiling of dirt or fill materials, and dewatering.
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However, actions can be taken to reduce the likelihood of damage by erosion and sediment, such as following the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ “Erosion & Sediment Control Basic Principals” (see below):
- Prevent soil from leaving your construction site.
- Minimize open area by phasing or sequencing construction and preserving existing vegetation where possible.
- Divert stormwater away from disturbed or exposed areas when possible.
- Install BMPs to control erosion and sediment and manage stormwater.
- Inspect the site regularly and properly maintain BMPs, especially after rain-storms.
- Revise the plan as site conditions change during construction and improve the plans if BMPs are not effectively controlling erosion and sediment.
- Keep the construction site clean by putting trash in trash cans, keeping storage bins covered, and preventing or removing ex-cess sediment on-road and other impervious surfaces.