If you are about to begin a construction project near a body of water or a dredging operation in the near future, make sure that you have the silt curtains (otherwise known as silt barriers, turbidity barriers, and turbidity curtains) that you need to contain silt and sediments stirred up by in water or near water operations. There are state, local, and federal regulations and requirements that might apply to your project, including the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), the Clean Water Act, and many more. By having the right silt curtains for your project, you will be able to protect the environment from the effects of your construction or dredging project, and quite possibly save yourself a lot of hassle and expense in the end.
Not using silt curtains to capture by products of your construction projects can get you in a heap of trouble with local, state, or federal officials that inspect your site. If it is found that you are in violation of regulations, your project could be put to a halt, you could be fined a large amount of money, or, worse, both! Make sure that you are in line with all applicable regulations, and do not forget the silt curtains when you start your project.
When installing silt curtains, make sure to have a turbidity control specialist there to help consult with you and show you the right way to use your new turbidity barrier equipment. A turbidity control specialist will help you make sure that you have the right silt curtain for your project, and also help you assure that you are using it in a way that allows it to be most effective so that you can be sure that it is doing the job right. By taking a little bit of time to consult with a turbidity control professional, you can save yourself a ton of money and time in the long run because you will avoid getting in trouble with the state for violation of their regulations.