Water and Sediment Control Basin
Practice Code: 638
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
A water and sediment control basin is an earthen embankment or combination ridge and channel constructed across the slope and minor water courses to form a sediment trap and water detention basin.
Purposes and Benefits
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.
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support documents 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)
Nutrient Management (590)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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