Standard Specification for Silt Fence Materials
|Publication Date:||1 July 2016|
|ICS Code (Geotextiles):||59.080.70|
This specification covers requirements and test methods for geotextile fabrics and associated components used in temporary silt fence applications. This is a material purchasing specification based on AASHTO M288.
This specification is applicable to the use of a geotextile as a vertical permeable interceptor designed to remove suspended soil from overland, nonconcentrated water flow. The function of a temporary silt fence is to trap and allow settlement of soil particles from sediment laden water. The purpose is to greatly limit the transport of eroded soil from the construction site by water runoff.
NOTE 1-It should be noted that proper installation and maintenance are critical for the effective functioning of silt fence.
The tests used to characterize the silt fence are intended to ensure good workmanship and quality and are not necessarily adequate for design purposes in view of the wide variety of possible sediments and performance objectives.
The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents, therefore each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.
NOTE 2-Although this specification should be acceptable in most erosion control applications, it should be noted that an alternative silt fence specification with a higher flow rate, may be required in areas that are susceptible to higher water runoff.