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Sediment control measures

Here you will find some common examples of best management practices for erosion and sediment control products and installations:

For more detailed information on ESC best management practices, see the Guidelines for Erosion and Sediment Control.

For more information on local suppliers and installers of sediment control products, view Erosion and Sediment Control Products, Suppliers and Availability.

What is sedimentation?

Sedimentation is the settling out of soil particles transported by water or wind. Settling of soil particles depends on the size of the particles. For example, gravel and coarse sand will settle out quickly, compared to clay particles which often take a longer period of time due to their weight.

When fine sediments end up in our river they can have an negative impact on our aquatic environment. To prevent this from happening, we need to be pro-active by employing best management practices and controlling the problem at the source.