The Importance of Erosion and Sediment Control in Civil Construction
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EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL IN CIVIL CONSTRUCTION
The services we offer at North Construction are highly diverse. Our civil construction and excavation projects have ranged from small excavations to laying the groundworks for extensive multi-residential mountainside communities. We have helped to build iconic Olympic venues, large green energy projects and intricate ski resorts. Our team has worked in some of the most challenging and eco-sensitive terrains in British Columbia, including multiple BC Parks such as Mount Seymour Provincial Park and Cypress Provincial Park. And while every job is different, one variable must be accounted for in every single civil project to ensure a smooth, timely and on-budget execution: erosion and sediment control. Although it may not be the most glamorous part of the job, ensuring proper erosion and sediment control helps us to stabilize the terrain and ensure the safety of nearby natural habitats.
Working in British Columbia means that many of the civil project we complete are immersed in the West Coast rainforest habitat. Home to some of the world’s largest tree species and a variety of wildlife, keeping the terrain as undisturbed as possible is what will keep this natural habitat thriving. Naturally, working in the temperate rainforest means accounting for some rainy days. Sometimes, many consecutive rainy days that bring a lot of rain. This is where the extensive experience of the North team makes a difference. “It comes down to being prepared,” says Joe Otway of North Construction. “The North team has been doing this for a long time so we know what we are doing. We can look at a project and know what to do in advance to prevent any issues.”
Each individual job requires its own erosion and sediment control plan that depends on the scope and size of the project. With a variety of tools and services at their disposal, the North team has the capabilities to set up a several protective measures to mitigate or prevent any erosion or sediment release due to inclement weather during construction or post-completion such as hydroseeding, laying down coco mat, creating dams and settling ponds, building terraces or planting trees.
Erosion and Sediment at Mantle Creek
Some of these measures were implemented in the recently completed work by North Construction at Mantle Creek. This complex job required extensive coordination of the operators around strict timelines, including the instream work window, while ensuring the surrounding flora thrived. Thanks to the careful planning and meticulous execution by our onsite crew, the three large ponds along the new river channel that were constructed have eliminated the sediment, allowed the hillside to run clean, and created a thriving habitat for wildlife.
The successful completion of Mantle Creek is just one example of the foresight and attention to detail that our experienced team brings to such ecologically-sensitive projects to protect our natural environment. For this reason, when it comes to erosion and sediment control Joe and the rest of the North Construction team adhere to one of our` company principles: do it once and do it right.