Exploring Pond Sediment: Invasive Phragmites

Exploring Pond Sediment: Invasive Phragmites

Stormwater management ponds are a common accessory to urban developments and housing complexes. They collect stormwater runoff including various by-products from surrounding infrastructure in place. The sediment from these ponds eventually needs to be removed through practices that have been put into place to mitigate the spread of invasive species such as phragmites.

Impacts of Invasive Phragmites

  • Crowds out native vegetation, resulting in decreased plant biodiversity
  • Generally provides poor habitat and food supplies for wildlife, including several species at risk
  • Grows very quickly thereby causing lower water levels as water is transpired faster than it would be with native vegetation
  • Increases fire hazards as stands are composed of a high percentage of dead stalks
  • Can affect agriculture, cause road safety hazards and impact recreational activities such as swimming, boating and angling

When a contractor comes across phragmites on a jobsite that need to be removed and disposed of, typically they will be wrapped up in order to avoid contaminating the dump site. This disposal is made possible with dump truck box liners composed of polyethylene. 

These polyethylene liners fit the dimensions of tri-axles and other various material haulage vehicles to allow for containment and safe removal of unwanted materials. They also work great for the pond sediment themselves! There are also other onsite decanting options available as well.  This will allow for sediment to be dry before hauling to avoid any unnecessary spillage.

For more information and pricing give us a call or shoot us and email today!

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