Improvements in Silt Fence Installations Determined Through Full-Scale Testing

Silt fence performance, when used as a perimeter control, can be affected by a wide variety of factors (i.e., material properties, installation techniques, and site characteristics). The ability to evaluate differences in such factors provides a corridor for improvement that would likely go unnoticed in uncontrolled field conditions. The sediment barrier testing apparatus at the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Test Facility (AU-ESCTF) has shown that by consistently replicating factors such as: topography, flow rate, and sediment loading; performance evaluations can be conducted on various types of sediment barriers and installation methods. This presentation will discuss eight different installation configurations tested on a non-woven, wire backed reinforced silt fence to determine performance as it relates to structural integrity, sediment retention, and water quality. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight on various non-woven, wire backed silt fence installation techniques and performance characteristics.
  2. Attain an overview of integral silt fence component functionality.
  3. Become knowledgeable on new and improved silt fence installation practices.

Course Level: All 
Last Updated: September 19, 2018

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IECA PDH Webinar 1 PDH from September 19, 2018