Soil & Erosion Control

Throughout building and construction activities it is important to adopt best practice soil and water management measures onsite.

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Sediment from building and construction sites can transport pollutants into stormwater systems and local waterways.

Value

Exposed soils are easily washed away during rainfall events as sediment, which is a major source of pollution to urban waterways. Large amounts of sediment in waterways can be harmful to aquatic organisms (e.g. fish and plants), and can silt up steams and block stormwater pipes, leading to increased flooding. Sediment also often transports other pollutants such as oils, heavy metals, and hydrocarbons from building and construction sites into local waterways.

Tasmanian Guidelines

The fact sheets below outline the Tasmanian guidelines for best practice soil and water management on building and construction sites. They are divided into sediment control measures and erosion control measures. Erosion control measures hold the soil in place and reduce soil removal by rainfall or runoff. Sediment control measures capture the eroded soil from the runoff preventing it from leaving the building or construction site. This will help to:

  • protect our urban waterways;
  • improve wet weather working conditions on-site;
  • reduce stockpile losses;
  • reduce clean up costs; and
  • ensure greater compliance with appropriate regulations including state environment laws, thereby reducing the risk of fines and other penalties.
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An example of a swale outflow in Scamander.

Fact Sheets

The building and construction industry is responsible for soil and water management throughout all phases of a development. To comply with their responsibilities, all sectors of the industry should have a practical understanding of the accepted guidelines for soil and water management. These guidelines will help mitigate the impacts of building and construction site activities on soils, landforms and receiving waters by focusing on erosion and sediment control measures.

Overview - Soil & Water Management on Building & Construction Sites

  1. Soil and Water Management on Large Building and Construction Sites
  2. Soil and Water Management on Standard Building and Construction Sites
  3. Soil and Water Management Plans
  4. Dispersive Soils - High Risk of Tunnel Erosion
  5. Minimise Soil Disturbance
  6. Preserve Vegetation
  7. Divert Up-Slope Water
  8. Erosion Control Mats and Blankets
  9. Protect Service Trenches and Stockpiles
  10. Early Roof Drainage Connection
  11. Scour Protection - Stormwater Pipe Outfalls and Check Dams
  12. Stabilised Site Access
  13. Wheel Wash
  14. Sediment Fences and Fibre Rolls
  15. Protection of Stormwater Pits
  16. Protected Concrete, Brick and Tile Cutting
  17. Sediment Basins
  18. Dust Control
  19. Site Revegetation

Partners

NRM North works closely with Master Builders Tasmania to provide Soil and Erosion Control training to their members, and sponsorship for the Soil and Water Management Award at the Master Builders Tasmania Excellence Awards.

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Partners

NRM North works closely with Master Builders Tasmania to provide Soil and Erosion Control training to their members, and sponsorship for the Soil and Water Management Award at the Master Builders Tasmania Excellence Awards.

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Water Program & Projects

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Managing Stormwater in Northern Tasmania

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Ecosystem Health of the Tamar

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