Controlling Runoff from Construction Sites

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 10, Pg. 73-77

Document Type: Feature article


In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a number of states have been placing increased emphasis on controlling erosion and sediment-laden runoff from construction sites. Sediment from construction sites causes stream turbidity, impairing water quality, harming aquatic life, spoiling water supplies, creating unsightly deposits on adjacent property. North Carolina has one of the most progressive programs for controlling construction site erosion and sedimentation; and this article tells about some of the methods they are using. Among some of the things they suggest developers do: divert runoff water originating upstream from the construction site, so this water will not be flowing over bare-earth areas, eroding away soil; limit the area being graded on a site at any one time, so there won't be vast stretches of bare soil; limit the time any given area is laid bare; trap sediment-laden runoff in temporary or permanent basins, or filter the runoff by using silt fences, wood-chip barriers, or brush barriers.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Erosion | Water quality | Soil water | Runoff | Rivers and streams | Water supply | Construction methods | North Carolina

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