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Check dams are temporary structures designed across drainage systems, ditches and swales to control stormwater runoff, prevent erosion, traps sediment, and prevent it from passing through the dam. Check dams are mostly constructed using rocks, sediment retention fiber rolls, stones, sand and gravel bags. Once a check dam is properly installed, it reduces the velocity of runoff, prevents erosion and ensures sedimentation.

Fact Sheets

Check Dams, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver Colorado

Check Dams, Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Co. Minnesota

Check Dams, Colorado Spring

Check Dams, River Link, Asheville North Carolina

Check Dams, Clark County Washington

Check Dams, Oak Park Conservancy District, Jeffersonville Indiana

Check Dams, Caltrans California

Check Dams, Auckland Regional Council Australia

Check Dam, Sediment Traps, Catchment and Creek Pty Ltd Australia

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