Turbidity Fence Installation in Bay Area
Question: I need advice for turbidity fence installation in a bay area. We are looking to install roughly 500-700 feet of turbidity fence in a bay area. What does the installation require other than the fence, such as people and equipment? The water is calm, 10-15 feet deep, but very near the land.
Answer: Thank you for contacting us! For installation of a Type 1 Turbidity Curtain in calm waters, we would recommend using a small boat with only a few people. As you have mentioned that your turbidity curtain will not be installed too far from the shore, you should not need too much equipment to get it properly installed.
Floating Turbidity Fence Installation Overview
The general installation of a turbidity curtain follows a very simple set of steps. The first thing you will want to do is attach the sections of your silt curtain together. To do this, use a shackle or snap hook to attach the bottom chain of section to the bottom chain or ring of the next section. After this has been accomplished for the entire fence, use rope or heavy-duty zip ties to attach the grommet eyes of each section.
When attaching these together, you should align the grommet eye of one section with the grommet eye of the mating section and then tie the two sections together. This, again, should be repeated for the entire length of the curtain.
Once this has been accomplished, tie a reefing line around the furled up flotation log. Making sure that your turbidity curtain is reefed up will help make it easier to maneuver during the towing and installation process.
After you have checked that your turbidity fence is properly tied up, tow the curtain into the needed position in the water. As you are towing, make sure that the turbidity curtain does not become twisted and avoid sharp objects. This will help make the deployment of your curtain smooth and successful.