Sediment trap (construction)

Sediment trap (construction)

A sediment trap is a temporary device installed on a construction site to capture eroded or disturbed soil that is washed off during rain storms, and protect the water quality of a nearby stream, river, lake, or bay. The trap is basically an embankment built along a waterway or low-lying area on the site. They are typically installed at the perimeter of a site and above storm drain inlets, to keep sediment from entering the drainage system. Sediment traps are commonly used on small construction sites, where a sediment basin is not practical. Sediment basins are typically used on construction sites of convert|5|acre|m2 or more, where there is sufficient room. [ [ California Stormwater Quality Association.] Menlo Park, CA. [ "California Stormwater BMP Handbook: Sediment Trap."] Fact Sheet No. SE-3. January 2003.]

Sediment traps are installed before land disturbance (earth moving, grading) begins on a construction site. The traps are often used in conjunction with erosion controls and other sediment control practices. [Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee, FL. [ "Florida Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector's Manual: Temporary Sediment Trap."] Section 4.25. Published 2002.]

ee also

*Erosion control
*Sediment control


External links

* [ Erosion Control] - a trade magazine for the erosion control and construction industries
* [ International Erosion Control Association] - Professional Association, Publications, Training
* [ "Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: A Guide for Construction Sites."] - U.S. EPA

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