Turbidity Barrier to Stop Silt
Silt Barrier Blocks Sediment from Entering Pond
Question: Regarding a turbidity barrier to stop silt, I have a pond which is starting to silt up at one end from the stream that feeds it. If I clean it out, would your turbidity barrier be good for stopping the silt from entering the site again? The stream runs from private land and beyond. I want to create a trap to make it easier to clean out the stream in future.
Answer: Thank you for contacting us! There are two ways that silt can be captured and cleaned out of your pond:
- In the Stream Before it Enters the Pond
- At the Mouth Where the Stream Enters the Pond
By installing a turbidity barrier in either of these locations, you should be able to keep silt contained in a location that is away from your pond. From here, silt will be blocked off from the pond location and allowed to settle or be cleaned to prevent pollution in your pond.
Turbidity Barrier Options for your Location
In order to determine the right turbidity barrier that can be used in your location, we would first need to know the water conditions where this barrier will be used. Turbidity barriers typically come in three different types that will increase in strength. The following can be seen as a general guide to how these barriers can be used in a location:Type 1 Turbidity Barrier: The Type 1 calm water turbidity barrier is suited for use where the effects of wind, waves, and current are minimal making it perfect in a variety of locations such as:
- Private-owned ponds
- Calm Water Lakes
- Protected Inland Areas
- Construction Sites
Type 2 Turbidity Barrier: If your pond and flow area has any kind of moving waters or waves, you will instead want to implement a Type 2. These are designed with thicker fabrics to handle more demanding conditions. Type 2 Barriers are typically equipped for conditions one knots in water speed, moderate wind speed, and up to two (2') feet in wave height.
Type 3 Turbidity Barrier: This is the strongest available floating curtain for silt and turbidity control. Engineered to be durable, the Type 3 turbidity barrier can take on waves three (3') feet in height, 1.5 knot current speeds and, moderate wind speeds. When you need strength and reliability, GEI Works is the answer.
We can also help you with questions around the proper silt barrier installation for longevity and high functionally.