Erosion and Sediment
Stormwater Quality: Erosion and Sediment
Sediment and erosion are a huge problem here in Tulsa. These issues can cause turbidity in our creeks, or, how cloudy, muddy, or murky water appears due to suspended matter in the water.
What is Erosion?
Erosion is a three-step process involving the detachment, transport, and deposition of soil particles.
What is Sediment?
Sediment is the result of erosion. Once soil particles have detached from the surface, they are transported to their site of origin and come to rest on other ground surfaces, or in lakes, ponds, and streams, as sediment.
Many times, water becomes turbid from sand, mud, or soil from a site, running into the storm drainage system. Sediment runoff causes a decrease of dissolved oxygen in the water and can suffocate and kill fish.
One way to prevent sediment runoff is to protect storm drains with a buffer by leaving vegetation on the property, installing a boom around the storm drain, or having a silt fence.
By practicing these measures, you can ensure that the water going into storm drains is strictly rainwater. If you have any questions on other ways you can protect our storm drains please visit our website,