10 Ideas to Solve Erosion Control Problems

Alternatives to prevent soil erosion

Erosion is one of the biggest concerns with respect to the construction industry. Erosion can be caused by multiple reasons, and every situation has a specific solution depending on the severity of the problem. Manufacturers continue on the research for innovative products and solution that can be used through the entire construction process minimizing the huge cost impact these products signify for contractors and builders. Let's look at some alternatives that can be carried out to reduce the rate of erosion.

Erosion Control Techniques

Erosion Problems

Water channels are an excellent resource in cities providing ecological ways to divert water and decrease flood areas. There are several options to prevent and help diminish erosion problems along river banks. More

How to Control Erosion

Erosion damage. USFWS Headquarters/Flickr

Controlling run-off waters effectively will reduce erosion and sediment problems in your construction projects and will reduce the environmental impact of your project. More

Erosion: Dust Control

Water tanker
SA Transport/Flickr

Dust control measures are applicable to any construction site where there is the potential for air and water pollution from dust traveling across the landscape or through the air. Dust control includes practices used to reduce or prevent the surface and air transport of dust during construction. EPA’s recommendations are to clean and impact the smallest possible areas, if they are not going to be worked, however, we all know that sometimes due to scheduled  activities, the clearing and grubbing of the entire site is done all at once, although this might be different on large-scale projects. More

Articulated Concrete Blocks

articulated concrete block
Articulated concrete block. Aspent.com

Articulated concrete blocks are revetment systems that can be made in a wide variety of shapes and thickness. It also can be defined as a grid of interconnected concrete block units used for erosion protection.

MSE Walls: Alternate Solution to Concrete Walls

MSE Boliyou

Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls have replaced traditional concrete retaining walls over the last 20 years. Mechanically stabilized earth walls have plenty of advantages when compared to conventional reinforced concrete walls mostly because they are installed easily and how fast they can be put together. The selection of mechanically stabilized earth walls will vary from one site to another but can be used in many situations. More

Turbidity Barriers: Cost and Installation Tips

Turbidity barrier
Turbidity barrier. Washington State Dept of Transportation

Silt curtains or turbidity barriers are normally made of a geotextile membrane that floats, and it is anchored to the bottom by weights. These products are designed to prevent sediment from entering clean bodies of water or watercourses. Turbidity barriers are considered best management practices, and sometimes they can be considered supplemental sediment control methods. More

Geotextiles:The fastest way to improve soil conditions


Geotextiles are commonly used to improve soils over which roads, embankments, pipelines and earth retaining structures will be built. Depending on the type of application, geotextiles can be open mesh type, warp-knitted structure, or with a closed fabric surface, such as a non-woven. It is also important to highlight that for use or proposed design, geotextiles will be specified based on the following criteria: separation, filtration, drainage, reinforcement, sealing and protection. More

Expert Tips on How to Install a French Drain (Drain Tile)

French drain
Drain tile being installed. MTACC-ESA/Flickr

A French drain must be installed properly; otherwise, costs will add up and reduce your profit. The drainage system should be installed deep enough, so water will eventually run into the pipe, instead of moving near or into the structure. The usually recommended slope of the perforated pipe for a French drain system is one-inch drop per ten feet of horizontal run. More

What is Soil Nailing? Construction Guidelines and Tips

Soil nailing
Soil nailing process. NCDOT

 Soil nail provides a resisting force against slope failures. Its construction process is faster than other similar methods. The construction procedure starts, drilling into the soil, where the nail, steel bar, is going to be placed. After the drilling has been completed, exact depth must be provided by the geotechnical engineer; the nail must be inserted into the drilled hole. More

Costs and Installation Tips When Building a Riprap


Riprap is a commonly used method to protect soil from erosion in areas of concentrated runoff. Riprap is a layer of very large stones interlocked together acting as a barrier on slopes that are unstable because of seepage problems or areas that are receiving a large, concentrated flow. To ensure that the riprap is anchored to the soil, be sure to make the riprap at least two times as thick as the maximum stone diameter. Before installing the first layer of stones, apply a synthetic geotextile membrane to prevent the soil from moving through the riprap. More