We are working on an addition to a home we constructed several years ago. Part of every construction project involves an examination of water runoff issues. It is important to control silt and sediment that will try to runoff construction sites. As everyone learns more about keeping our lakes and waters clean we understand how important it is to control construction site runoff. On this project it has been fairly easy to control the runoff using simple sediment filter fabric….the black fence in the photo. This area is surrounded by lawn and prairie grasses which also filter and slow down runoff.

On some of our larger construction projects we create temporary settlement ponds and direct site drainage to that area. The goal is to keep silt and sediment on the site where we can deal with it. Construction site runoff may also contain cement and other materials that should be allowed to settle out on the site rather than run off to adjacent lands.