Sediment and Erosion Control

Why practice sediment and erosion control?

Throughout building and construction activities it is important to adopt best practice soil and water management measures onsite. Exposed soils are easily washed away during rainfall events as sediment, which is a major source of pollution to urban waterways. Large amounts of sediment in waterways can be harmful to aquatic organisms (e.g. fish and plants), and can silt up streams and block stormwater pipes leading to increased flooding. Sediment also often transports other pollutants such as oils, heavy metals and hydrocarbons from building and construction sites into local waterways.


Tasmanian Guidelines

The fact sheets below outline the Tasmanian guidelines for best practice soil and water management on building and construction sites. They are divided into sediment control measures and erosion control measures. Erosion control measures hold the soil in place and reduce soil removal by rainfall or runoff. Sediment control measures capture the eroded soil from the runoff preventing it from leaving the building or construction site.

These fact sheets cover all aspects of soil and water management throughout the building and construction phase including planning and site clearing, right through to the hand over to the property owner. Follow these guidelines to minimise erosion and control sediment runoff from your building or construction site. This will help to:

  • protect our urban waterways;
  • improve wet weather working conditions onsite;
  • reduce stockpile losses;
  • reduce clean up costs; and
  • ensure greater compliance with appropriate regulations including state environmental laws, thereby reducing the risk of fines and other penalties.


Fact sheets - Soil and water management on building and construction sites


  1. Soil and water management on large building and construction sites
  2. Soil and water management on standard building and construction sites
  3. Soil and water management plans
  4. Dispersive soils – high risk of tunnel erosion
  5. Minimise soil disturbance
  6. Preserve vegetation
  7. Divert up-slope water
  8. Erosion control mats and blankets
  9. Protect service trenches and stockpiles
  10. Early roof drainage connection
  11. Scour protection – stormwater pipe outfalls and check dams
  12. Stabilised site access
  13. Wheel wash
  14. Sediment fences and fibre rolls
  15. Protection of stormwater pits
  16. Protected concrete, brick and tile cutting
  17. Sediment basins
  18. Dust control
  19. Site revegetation



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