Water and Sediment Control Basin
is impractical; usually part of a terrace system.
How it works
How it helps
Structures reduce gully erosion by controlling water flow within a drainage area. Grass cover may provide habitat for wildlife.
Is the site too steep for the basin to work properly or be economically feasible?
Can adequate outlets be provided?
Build the basin large enough to control the runoff from a 10-year storm without overtopping.
Install a tile or infiltration outlet. *
Use fill material free if sod, roots, frozen materials and stones larger than 6 inches in diameter. It should also have correct moisture content
for adequate compaction.
Spacing for water and sediment control basins depends on the land slope, tillage and management system. Consult NRCS for recommended
Check the basin after each large storm, and make any needed repairs.
* Check local recommendations.