In this fast-paced world that we live in, much development is being carried out, making lands suitable for the building of residential as well as commercial establishments. Because of this, construction companies are increasing in number everywhere. In the process of developing lands, there is a need to modify topography, remove vegetation, and to cover these previously vegetated areas with roads, buildings, and such. With that in mind, it is undeniable that development of any form on land entails a harmful impact to the surroundings, be it to the land itself, to the nearby waterways, and even to the air. If you ask what aspect of development poses such a considerable adverse effect on the environment, it is the removal of vegetation which then results to the susceptibility of the area to soil erosion, especially during storms, which then causes the soil to traverse towards waterways like rivers, streams, and lake and expedites the occurrence of sedimentation. When development is carried out, the root systems of vegetation are detached from the ground, thus, the soil will no longer be stabilized, becoming more prone to runoff, as well as ‘drowning’ in water when the rain comes because there will be no more plants to aid in absorption. This is why construction companies must utilize sediment control techniques during development.
The primary function of sediment control in building and construction sites is to avert the materials used in construction activities like soil, cement, and sand from travelling to nearby waterways. The pollutants present in these sites must not be neglected nor undermined, as even the tiniest hint of pollution brought to the waters by these sites can cause major adverse impacts on the environment, from causing excessive silting in streams, to blocking the pipes for storm water, to the worst one – eliminating aquatic life.
Sediment control or erosion control works wonders in providing a solution to the problematic effects of these construction activities by rerouting untainted water away from the building sites, keeping erosion at bay through the decrease of site disturbance, firming of broken down surfaces, as well as stopping the sediment of stockpiles from escaping into vulnerable waterways.
It is indeed great news for those who are in favor of the welfare of the environment that there are many methods, both structural and non-structural, planning, management, and other techniques that can be used or undertaken for the intent of minimizing the occurrence of soil erosions as well as the prevention of excessive sedimentation brought about by ongoing construction and development activities.
These sediment control methods are available to anyone who wants to safeguard the welfare of the environment while executing development processes, and you can find out more here about erosion control in Burlington as well as silt sock installations in Burlington.