Whether you work in construction or some other type of outdoor work where you will be moving soil and dirt from place to place, one particular aspect of this job you should always keep an eye on is the possibility of soil erosion. Soil erosion can cause a number of different issues throughout your project or for the client after the project is complete. Here's why you should work with an erosion control system to protect the job site before you get too far along.
Slow or Stop Runoff to Protect Nearby Vegetation or Wildlife
If you are building something in an area where you've had to cut through a forest or vegetation to set up shop, chances are there might be additional vegetation or even wildlife in the area surrounding the work site. You may have a legal obligation if not a moral one to make sure that shifting soil or soil runoff does not do more damage to the nearby vegetation or wildlife ecosystem than what is necessary. Setting up erosion control measures can prevent runoff from getting out of control and causing more damage to the area.
Keep the Soil Stable While the Foundation is Being Put Into Place and While Construction Continues
Construction companies obviously have an interest in keeping the soil beneath their feet stable while they put up a new structure, and building a foundation can usually set you for success. But you might need some additional assistance to prevent soil from shifting or moving too much while the foundation is being built or maybe you just want some additional peace of mind for the full length of your project. An erosion control company could assist you with setting up additional protections to prevent soil instability during this process.
Keep Pollution Out of the Local Water Supply
If you are building near a local river, lake, or other sources of water, you may also have an obligation to ensure that runoff does not make it to that water source. Allowing soil mixed with debris into the local water supply is obviously not something your company wants to be known for. An erosion control company can put up a retaining wall if needed to block the path towards a water source or use other tools to redirect the flow of the runoff to another location.
Protect Your Company From Potential Fines
Hiring an erosion control expert will obviously cost money. But it's an investment that's well worth it if you want to avoid a potential fine from the government or the bad publicity that can come from allowing runoff or erosion that causes issues with the local environment or community.