Extraordinary Sediment Control Experiences in Minnesota

May 26, 2022

The 2022 SWS Webinar Series continues on May 26 at 1 p.m. CT. 

May 26, 2022 1:00 PM CT | Register Here

Most in the construction industry are familiar with the basic sediment control tools, such as silt fence and inlet protection. However, sometimes we are challenged with unique and extraordinary sediment trapping challenges. A project at the bottom of a large watershed receives floods of storm water from offsite. Hydro-excavation generates sediment laden water that is off the charts of any turbidity meter. Pipe jacking next to a popular stream produces a clay-slurry that cannot be released. Contaminated sediments are especially challenging because the sediment-filled water can spread the area of contamination. Case studies will be presented to show how projects ramped up sediment control in these situations to meet permit requirements.


Tony Luft, PE, CPESC

Water Resources Engineer, Alliant Engineering, Inc.

Tony is a water resources engineer with more than 25 years of experience related to highway projects. His experience includes preparing federal, state, and local permit applications for work that impacts wetlands, DNR public waters, or crosses judicial ditches. Tony has extensive experience in the field overseeing that environmental commitments are met during construction, making him highly qualified to prepare erosion control and turf establishment plans to ensure they satisfy all agency requirements to aide in obtaining the required permits and approvals quickly and efficiently, and are easy to implement by the contractor to ensure permit compliance.

David Bauer, PSS

Senior Environmental Specialist, Alliant Engineering, Inc.

David is a licensed Professional Soil Scientist with 24 years of experience in soil and water conservation. His background includes stormwater BMP design and installation, septic system site location investigation, wetland soils, erosion and sediment control, vegetation establishment, soil interpretation, and soil health. David lends his expertise to design teams to ensure that the BMP design and the Operation and Maintenance Plan are tailored to the site-specific soil conditions to help promote long-term success for the BMP. He also ensures that active projects meet their environmental commitments, including the NPDES Construction Stormwater Permit.

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