Erosion control is vital to the well-being of any construction site or property. Unprotected soil is subject to wind erosion, and the effects of wind erosion can be detrimental to any site, resulting in safety, environmental and economic consequences. Climate factors determine which erosion control method works best for your worksite.
What is wind erosion?
Wind erosion is a natural process that moves soil and sediment from one location to another through wind power. Light winds and strong winds can move particles across vast distances causing significant economic and environmental damage.
Where does wind erosion occur?
While wine erosion is most common in deserts and coastal climates, any soil is subject to wind erosion. Unprotected soil that is smooth, bare, loose, dry, and finely granulated can be affected by wind erosion. Industries that struggle to control dust and require wind erosion control include:
Climate factors to be considered in wind erosion control
When determining the best wind erosion control method for your site, there are four major climate factors to consider.
1. Soil cloddiness
The cloddiness of a given soil indicates whether the wind will erode it. Stabilized soil is more likely to resist the forces of the wind due to firmness and stability.
2. Moisture levels
As soil moisture decreases, wind erosion increases. Dry soil erodes quicker than moist soil. The geographical region of your property or construction site will play a role in which erosion control method is best.
3. Wind speeds
Wind speed is critical since the rate of erosion caused by a 30-mile-per-hour wind is more than three times that of a 20-mile-per-hour wind. The windier a construction site is, the quicker the rate of wind erosion.
2 ways for wind erosion control
Two ways in which you can control wind erosion are by reducing wind or increasing soil cohesion. Soil stabilization polymers are one of the best methods of increasing soil cohesion. Polymers such as Envirotac can help bind soil particles together to prevent wind erosion.
Wind erosion control with Envirotac
The Envirotac line of erosion control polymers protects slopes and embankments from wind erosion. Envirotac, being an acrylic polymer, penetrates the earth's soil and, upon curing, will bond the soil particles together. It is also environmentally friendly and will not harm any surrounding vegetation or animal life.
Contact us to find out how our Environmental Products & Applications, Inc. products can help you reduce the costly problems caused by erosion.