What is a Turbidity Curtain?

Most marine constructions result in soil erosion that results in more suspended particles. This suspended sediment can travel long distances depending on current and wave action and impact water turbidity, marine life and fish feeding behavior. Turbidity curtains are used to contain and deflect sediment in the immediate area of construction. Texas Boom has been manufacturing Turbidity Curtains for over 35 years. You can trust that the Texas Boom’s products will greatly help with containing an oil spill. 

Water direction is another important element. Water flow conditions are a key factor in the design of the correct turbidity barrier. Turbidity barriers, which are not dams, are not meant to stop water flow. Instead, they trap sediment. They should not be placed across channel flows. A turbidity barrier must be used in water moving conditions, such as a river or shoreline. It is important to ensure that the volume of water within the barrier does not fluctuate. The containment system may include water anchors or land. It is crucial to consider rising and falling tides in order to prevent the floating barrier from submerging. If the curtain will remain in the same place, a permeable skirt is recommended. Permeable woven filter fabric lets water pass through the curtain while keeping sediment in the work area. When designing a turbidity barrier, water flow and the size of sediment particles should be considered.Deployed Turbidity Curtain

The integrity of a Turbidity Barrier is largely dependent on how well the ends are secured to water and/or land. The floating and the lower weighted ends must reach the shoreline to completely enclose the area where sediment could enter the water. The curtain can be attached to the end by attaching it with trees or other large, solid objects. The fabric can be made impermeable to create a barrier against water flow. Silt curtains are not water impoundment dams. They should not be expected to stop water flow. The purpose of silt curtains is to isolate the work area and allow sediment to settle out of suspension. A permeable skirt is often used. Silt Curtains may be installed in layers. Multiple silt curtains can be placed in parallel to improve the control of silt and runoff. You can choose between impermeable or permeable skirts. Types I, II, and III are suitable for medium and slow moving water respectively. Permeable skirts with silt curtains allow water to flow through them while keeping the sediment or silt contained in the water. Geotextile fabric is used to make permeable skirts. Permeable skirts can be used in situations with high water, waves or other challenging conditions. Texas Boom has been in the oil spill response industry for over 35 years. They have a wide variety of products designed to assist the oil spill response industry in containing spills. They will point you in the right direction of oil spill containment products that will have your waterway cleaned in an environmentally friendly manner.