Check Dams for Ditches and Swales
Check dams prevent erosion by decreasing the velocity of water and filtering sediment from runoff. Install these erosion control products in swales, ditches or waterways to stop water and prevent downhill erosion. If you are looking for an alternative to the rock check dam, explore our ditch check options including the Triangular Silt Dike, Silt Sock and Curlex Sediment Log.
Triangular Silt Dike
Curlex® Sediment Log ®
Compost Filter Silt Sock
What is a Rock Check Dam?
The most traditional ditch check is the rock check dam.
A rock check dam is a barrier of rip rap stone that is dumped or stacked across a swale. As water travels through the swale, the rocks slow down the water and filter the sediment. These dams are effective but not user-friendly. Rock dams required the contractor to purchase a load of stone, transport it to the site, dump it in each place and spread it purposefully across the ditch.
In lieu of traditional Rip Rap Rock Check Dams, we suggest a Triangular Silk Dike, Compost Filter Sock or a Curlex Sediment Log.
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