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Construction is one of the civilized world's oldest defining foundations. Great stone walls, ancient tombstones, marble temples and colossal monuments - these are just some of the majestic man-made creations that tell the story of how our history began. Through these wonders of construction, we know that man has the capacity to envision and create greatness.
Today, modern construction projects are more efficient and fast-paced compared to the earlier periods of civilization. With the use of heavy machinery and equipment, a construction company can excavate a site in a few days' time and start laying out their building foundation. But due to a machine's fast operations, soil erosion can easily occur. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), soil erosion from construction sites has long been identified as significant source of sediment and other suspended solids in runoff in many parts of the United States.
During the 1970s, federal and state regulations required erosion-control measures at construction sites larger than five hectares due to excessive sedimentation in streams causing water-quality problems. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency's Phase II Stormwater Rules require erosion-control to construction sites with less than 5 acres to evaluate the significance of erosion as a source of sediment to surface water. Compliance with state regulations and EPA minimizes accidents, property damages and environmental problems brought about by soil erosion.
The use of erosion control products are promoted to ensure the safety of nearby residents and the environment. If a construction project is situated on a sloping area with a river or a stream running below it, erosion control products should be put up first. This action prevents the water from becoming contaminated by soil or other sediments coming from the construction site.
These silt fences are also in compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Eliminating System (NPDES) and Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC), making any construction company compliant in their operations. If these erosion products were not put up, not only property damages would be encountered. The water system can be contaminated which can increase health problems in the community. Water irrigation may be also obstructed which could result to poor harvest for fields who depend on the water system.
Protect the environment by complying with safety measures. A construction project can be done efficiently, especially that most people are in need of shelter and establishments to help them function in society. New houses, schools, and other facilities are needed to make the community whole. At the same time, environmental safety should not be put on the line, and it should be included in the planning process.
Construction companies should prioritize the safety of their community and environment. After all, once their establishment is finished, the ones who will appreciate and admire their beautiful creation are the neighbors. An exquisite view provided by nearby natural formations, such as foliage and wildlife, will also compliment the constructed establishment if it were preserved from the dangers of soil erosion.