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Uses of Seeding for SWPPP Dust and Erosion Control

There are several possible threats that may exist within the realm of stormwater management and stormwater pollution prevention maintenance on any site, and erosion is often high up on any such list. Erosion of soil can create several issues that SWPPP setups are in place to help protect against, and there are a few different approaches to managing it - one such category here is known as seeding.

Here are some basics on why erosion can be such a threat in terms of pollutants, how erosion can turn into dust that creates its own set of issues, and how the use of different seeding methods may assist with managing erosion or dust risks for any SWPPP site.

SWPPP Dust and Erosion Control

Why Erosion is Problematic for SWPPP

There are several areas of our world where erosion can cause problems, and an SWPPP site is no exception. When erosion of soil occurs, it can displace sediment and other debris that may contain harmful pollutants - this can include things like oil, pesticides or other chemicals, bacteria from animal waste, and various others.

These unwanted particles then have the potential to make their way into nearby water sources through stormwater runoff - something the entire SWPPP setup is designed to prevent. Eroded soil can also be expensive to clean up, and in some cases may lead to legal or regulatory issues for a site owner if not properly managed.

Erosion Into Dust

Another issue that can arise from erosion is the creation of dust - this often happens when soil particles become very small and are carried away by wind, creating dusty conditions. Dust not only makes it more difficult to navigate construction sites, but can also pose health risks for both workers and nearby residents.

In terms of SWPPP, dust generated from erosion can also contribute to pollutants - this is because dust particles can become contaminated with any pollutants in the soil as they are carried away by wind or other means. This creates additional problems that must be managed in order to maintain compliance with SWPPP regulations.

Managing Both Water and Wind

While we'll get into specific SWPPP measures like seeding in just a moment, one overarching goal of any SWPPP site is to manage both water and wind. This means controlling erosion and sediment movement not just during rain or snow events, but also on windy days when dust can become a major issue.

To understand why both are important, it's helpful to grasp the entire process of erosion. On dirt-based sites, any rain event causes dirt to turn into mud and eventually flow downhill - SWPPP measures like stabilized construction entrances, sediment barriers, diversion ditches or similar BMPs are put in place to help prevent this.

On windy days, however, the same soil particles can become airborne and create dust issues that we've already discussed. This is why proper management of both water and wind is critical for any successful SWPPP site.

Seeding Methods for Erosion Control

One common approach to controlling erosion is through the use of various seeding methods. The basic idea here is to loosen the soil if needed, then apply topsoil and plant quick-growing seeds. In most cases, the area will then be covered by hay, mulch or another material to help the seeds take root and grow.

Another common seeding method is known as hydroseeding, where a mix of water, seed and fertilizer is sprayed onto the surface. This allows for faster growth and establishment of vegetation, which in turn helps stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

There are also different types of plants that can be used for erosion control, depending on the site and specific needs. For example, some plants have longer root systems that are more effective at holding soil in place, while others may be better suited for hot or dry climates.

The primary goal of seeding for erosion control is to establish a strong plant cover that will hold the soil in place and prevent it from being carried away by water or wind. This not only helps protect against pollutants, but also helps maintain compliance with SWPPP regulations.

Erosion can be a major threat to stormwater management and SWPPP sites, but there are effective measures that can be taken to prevent it. If you're in need of SWPPP solutions, including erosion control and management, don't hesitate to contact us at Cearley SWPPP. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping clients around Ogden maintain compliance and protect the environment.