Every state and municipal project must have an erosion and sedimentation control plan designed in accordance with the 2002-CT Guidelines for Soil Erosion \’96 Sediment Control.  This plan must be put into effect before work can begin on the project. This plan will detail the responsibilities of the general contractor in order to stay in compliance with the Office of Environmental Planning (OEP).

The state engineers and inspectors will be responsible for ensuring the general contractor stays in compliance with Section 1.10 Environmental Compliance of the standard specifications for roads, bridges, and incidental construction form 816.  If the contractor falls out of compliance the state inspector will notify the contractor in writing that compliance is not being met.  Once the contractor is notified of non-compliance they must immediately remedy the situation.  For example if the silt fence has failed, the contractor must reinstall and ensure the soil erosion measure is correctly in place.

In the project erosion and sedimentation control plan there will be a detailed outline of the maximum area that can have exposed soil on the project site at any given time.  Once the exposed soil meets or exceeds this quantity the contractor must take action to prevent soil erosion.  There are many methods that can be used to meet compliance.  Temporary seeding, temporary slope, and turf establishment are all available options and can provide soil protection.

Temporary Seeding

Temporary seeding is a great solution when an exposed area needs to be stabilized but will be re-worked in a short time period.  This is also a good option when out of season and the conditions are not ideal for permanent seed growth, or it does not make sense to have long term stabilization method in place.  Temporary seeding can be an inexpensive option to provide large areas of coverage utilizing hydro-seed.

Temporary Slope Protection

Temporary slope protection is a good option for areas that will be exposed for long periods of time. Under temporary slope protection there are several options that can provide effective control. Hay mulching with tackifier can provide a good protection. Hay can be installed by mechanical methods and then held down by an approved tackifier product.  There are also new products such as Flex-terra, or bonded fiber matrix that can provide equal or better erosion control protection at a reduced cost in comparison to Hay mulching.  These products can offer benefits as Flex-terra can be applied quickly by hydro-seed methods and is able to be applied even in the rain when the situation arises.   A contractor can provide Flexterra coverage to many acres within a couple of hours compared to days of hay mulching.

Turf Establishment

Turf Establishment Item #950005 is a permanent solution when areas have been prepared by the general contractor to final grade. If areas are completed and no longer going to be worked on, this would be the ideal time to apply turf establishment for a permanent seed growth per specifications.

Contact All Seasons Landscaping

In order to determine the best products and applications that fit your job sites need contact us so we can discuss your needs and how All Seasons Landscaping can meet them.  We understand that loss time due to compliance can be costly.  All Seasons Landscaping has been providing solutions and understands the compliance rules and regulations set forth by state agencies. Please visit our website here or call us at (860) 953-5271 to learn more about our services.