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Water and Sediment Control Basin

A water and sediment control basin during construction

Practice Code: 638
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

A water and sediment control basin, (WASCOB), is an earth embankment or a
combination ridge and channel constructed across the slope of minor watercourses to form a sediment trap and water detention basin with a stable outlet.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves farmability of sloping land
  • Traps sediment
  • Reduces and manages runoff
  • Improves water quality
  • Reduces 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:

Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Cover Crop (340)
Critical Area Planting (342)
Filter Strip (393)
Mulching (with organic materials) (484)
Nutrient Management (590)
Stripcropping (585)
Terrace (600)
Underground Outlet (620)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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