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Sediment Basin

Practice Code: 350
Reporting Unit: Number (No.)

A basin constructed with an engineered outlet, formed by an embankment and/or excavation, to collect and store debris or sediment.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves water quality by reducing sedimentation entering streams and water bodies
  • Prevents soil erosion

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.

Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Critical Area Planting (342)
Diversion (362)
Filter Strip (393)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Lined Waterway or Outlet (468)
Mulching (with organic materials) (484)
Structure for Water Control (587)
Vegetated Treatment Area (635)

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