Erosion Prevention Plan

Published: September 30, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Erosion Prevention Plan Mean?

Erosion prevention plan is a set of guidelines that should be followed at any construction site to prevent erosion of soil, and to reduce the resulting environmental impact. This can be achieved by growing temporary or permanent vegetation to stabilize barren soil or by preserving naturally occurring vegetation where possible. When construction sites are poorly managed, nearby streams and vegetative tracts are disturbed or lost entirely due to erosion or exposure to harmful chemicals used in the construction site. Trenchless technology utilizes lubricants during the drilling process. The resulting slurry if released in an uncontrolled manner can cause erosion and the untreated slurry containing chemicals can cause harm to natural resources like water bodies, killing off aquatic and vegetative life.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Erosion Prevention Plan

Erosion prevention planning should be mandatory for construction sites where the surface will be disturbed by construction activities like excavation, filling, clearing etc. There are different techniques that can be used to reduce erosion at construction sites. They are – buffer zones that consists of an area of undisturbed vegetation next to an area of disturbed soil, dust control to minimize the transport of soil by winds, ground cover using a layer of straw or mulch along with seeding to cover with permanent or temporary vegetation, hydraulic application, matting using blankets, fibers and nets of jute, coir, plastic or bonded fiber matrix, plastic sheeting that allows water to run off it at high speeds in slopes and stockplies, preservation of natural vegetation, temporary or permanent seeding, check dams to reduce velocity of concentrated flows, diversion dikes etc.

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