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EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL

Our Expertise:

At Muller, Inc., we understand the threat erosion and sediments pose not only to your project but also to the surrounding environment. We regularly work with developers, general contractors, utility providers, government agencies, homebuilders, heavy highway, property managers, and site development companies. In partnering with them, we install and maintain high-performing and environmentally compliant erosion and sediment controls throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Additionally, all of our work complies with federal, state, and local regulations.

Erosion & Sediment Control Services:

  • Super Silt Fence & Silt Fence
  • Hydroseeding
  • Strawblowing
  • Slope Stabilization
  • Inlet/Outlet/Outfall Protection
  • Matting/EC Blankets
  • Construction Entrances & Wash Racks
Black tarping over an erosion and sediment control element in a grassy area with gravel.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different methods and techniques used for erosion and sediment control?

Common erosion and sediment control measures include silt fence, vegetative stabilization, erosion control blankets, sediment basins and bonds, inlet protection, and stormwater management systems. Erosion and sediment control measures should be tailored to the specific site and its characteristics to ensure the most effective protection against soil erosion and sedimentation.

What is the time frame for implementing an erosion and sediment control plan?

In many cases, erosion and sediment control measures must be in place before construction or land-disturbing activities begin. Inspections may be required throughout the project to ensure the plan is properly implemented. The specific time frame for implementing an erosion and sediment control plan will depend on the requirements of local regulations and permits, as well as any project-specific requirements.

In general, an erosion and sediment control plan should be implemented as soon as possible, ideally before any land disturbance occurs. This allows for the establishment of erosion control measures before any soil is exposed, and helps prevent sediment from being washed away during the early stages of construction.

The overall time frame for implementing an erosion and sediment control plan can vary depending on several factors, such as the size and complexity of the project, the type of soil and terrain, and the weather conditions.

How long should E&S control stay up?

Erosion and soil control measures should be in place for as long as necessary to prevent erosion and sedimentation. The duration of these measures will depend on several factors, such as the type of soil and terrain, the size and complexity of the project, and the weather conditions.

In general, erosion and sediment control measures should be maintained until the site has been fully stabilized and vegetation has been established. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months and even several years, depending on the specific conditions at the site.

It is important to note that erosion and soil control measures may need to be adjusted or replaced over time to account for changes in site conditions, such as heavy rainfall or changes in vegetation.

Do E&S controls need to be maintained?

Yes, it’s important to perform regular maintenance of erosion and soil control measures to ensure they continue functioning effectively. Routine maintenance, including inspections, is necessary to ensure that erosion control measures remain in place and continue to prevent soil erosion and sedimentation.

Maintenance activities may include removing sediment from sediment basins or sediment ponds and replacing vegetation as necessary. The frequency and type of maintenance required will depend on several factors, such as the type of erosion control measures in place, the size and complexity of the project, and the weather conditions.

Failure to maintain these measures can lead to increased erosion and sedimentation, which can negatively impact the environment and surrounding areas. It is essential to follow the maintenance requirements outlined in the erosion and sediment control plan and any applicable regulations or permits.

Are E&S specifications the same for all states?

Erosion and sediment control specifications can vary between different states in the United States. Each state has its own regulations and guidelines for erosion and sediment control, and these can differ based on the state’s climate, soil types, and other factors.

While many states have similar erosion and sediment control requirements, there may be differences in the specific methods, materials, and standards that are allowed or required. In addition, local municipalities may have their own regulations and guidelines for erosion and sediment control that differ from state-level requirements.

It is vital to consult the specific regulations and guidelines for the state and local jurisdiction where the project is located to ensure that erosion and sediment control measures are in compliance with all applicable requirements. This can include reviewing permits, guidelines, and other documentation to ensure that all necessary measures are in place and adequately maintained.

What are the specifications for E&S in Virginia?

In Virginia, erosion and sediment control measures are regulated by the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) implements and enforces these regulations.

The Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations require that all land-disturbing activities over one acre in size, or that are part of a larger common plan of development, must have an approved Erosion and Sediment Control Plan before any land disturbance begins. A certified plan reviewer must prepare the plan and include specific erosion and sediment control measures tailored to the site’s conditions and proposed land uses.

The Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations also require that certain best management practices (BMPs) be implemented during construction to prevent erosion and sedimentation. These BMPs may include sediment basins, sediment ponds, silt fences, vegetative stabilization, and other measures as appropriate for the site.

Maintenance of erosion and sediment control measures is also required under Virginia law. The regulations specify that all erosion and sediment control measures must be properly installed and maintained until the site is fully stabilized. Maintenance may be required for up to two years after stabilization has been achieved.

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