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Silt Fence


Silt fences are a temporary barrier of geotextile fabric used to retain erosion of silt and other sediments from polluting nearby streams, rivers, drains, and sensitive environments. Sediments such as sand, silt, and clay are considered pollutants in stormwater runoff systems. Silt fences act as vertical permeable interceptors for areas exposed to sediment-laden waters.

It is important to distinguish that silt fences are not known to be used as erosion control devices, but are used for sediment control. They are commonly installed with the support of poles, stakes, mesh wire, or a combination thereof. Mesh wire metal backing support provides the geotextile fence with increased strength to resist the weight of soil and water that may be present within a large drainage area or field. SKAPS woven geotextile W100 is manufactured from UV-stabilized polypropylene which meets AASHTO M288 specifications for silt fencing applications. SKAPS lighter weight non-woven geotextile GT140 and GT142 can also be used as silt fence at site conditions where high permeability and apparent opening size are required. All three products are relatively inexpensive and easy to handle during installation.

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