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What is a Silt Fence?

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ilt fences are barriers made of fabric or other materials that are installed along the edge of a construction site. They are designed to capture sediment from stormwater runoff and prevent it from entering waterways.


Silt fences are commonly used as a sediment control measure on construction sites, as they can help to prevent sediment from washing off the site and into nearby streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. They are often used in combination with other sediment control measures, such as sediment basins and erosion control blankets, to provide a more comprehensive approach to sediment control.


Silt fences are typically made of a porous fabric that is supported by wire or wood stakes. They are installed along the perimeter of the construction site, with the fabric facing towards the site and the stakes facing outward. As stormwater runoff flows over the fence, the sediment is captured by the fabric and held in place, preventing it from entering waterways.


Silt fences are relatively simple to install and maintain, although they do require regular inspection and maintenance to ensure that they are functioning properly. This may include cleaning the fence to remove any debris that may have accumulated on the fabric, and replacing any damaged or broken stakes.


Overall, silt fences are an effective sediment control measure that can help to prevent sediment pollution and protect waterways. If you are planning a construction project, be sure to consider the use of silt fences as part of your sediment control strategy.


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