Erosion, Sediment, and Turbidity Control Workshop and Field Day 2019

Kathryn Luxford
Joni Tanner

There are currently no Erosion Control Field Days scheduled in 2020.

The agenda below is an example from 2019.

Dr. Rich McLaughlin leads discussion during a field demonstration.


Need to brush up on your erosion and sediment control practices? Hear about the latest research results that could help your operation work smarter and save money? Discuss issues and answers to common problems? In this workshop, you will take part in discussions and view demonstrations that illustrate the cost and effectiveness of a wide variety of options for designers, construction managers, grading contractors, inspectors, and regulators. Get first hand knowledge about new products and systems that are in use now to alleviate erosion, sediment, and turbidity control (ES&TC) problems. We will pay particular attention to turbidity control options in this workshop. Remember, it is possible to discharge reasonably clean stormwater from a construction site!

This workshop covers all this plus a field experience to solidify the knowledge gained in the classroom.  Vendors will also be available to discuss products which might be useful for your projects.
Surface outlet options and porous baffle functions are demonstrated at a recent workshop.

 We’ll answer your questions:

  • What are some options for ground covers for erosion control, and how well do they work? How do we keep the straw in place?
  • Are there alternatives to the standard “piles of rock” for sediment control around a construction site?
  • If you have problems with turbidity in your discharges, such as complaints or lawsuits, what treatment options are out there? Are they safe in the environment?
  • What are some considerations for performing inspections on construction sites?
  • Once construction is complete, what are some options for fixing the soil and transitioning to post-construction stormwater systems?

Note: This workshop will involve a ½-day in the classroom followed by an afternoon of participatory demonstrations, so come prepared for the weather, water, and mud.

Please wear appropriate clothing for field demonstrations.
(hat, sunscreen, jacket, proper footwear, rain gear, etc.)
Registration In the morning, attendees are involved in
discussions about the latest research and
share professional experiences.

8:00-8:05am Welcome and Introduction
Rich McLaughlin, NC State University
8:05-8:30am Engineered Swales
8:30-9:00am Post-construction Treatments to Minimize Runoff, Maximize Plant Growth

9:00-10:00am Basic Principles of Passive Turbidity Treatment

10:00am Break and Visit Vendors
10:30am-11:00am Inspections: Necessary Evil or Saving Grace?
11:00am-11:45am Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Potential Uses and Legal Issues


11:45-12:15pm Erosion Control: What Works – Results of 10+ Years of Testing


12:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:00-4:00pm Field Demonstrations
The afternoon will be spent in the field viewing and participating in demonstrations of a variety of systems and products, which can include:

  • Flocculation and sediment bag filtering
  • Simulated wind and straw tackifiers
  • Various surface outlets
  • Inlet protection: storm drains
  • Rainfall simulation and erosion control options
  • Passive treatment using wattles
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle demos
  • Ditch lining options
  • Liquid dosing systems
  • Infiltration swales for stormwater treatment
  • Blue roofs vs green roofs

In the afternoon, attendees see and discuss research areas
and a wide variety of participatory demonstrations.

Contact: Kathryn Luxford  919-515-7154
Joni Tanner  919-513-1678

 Registration Information


Participant: $125 (early fee)
Participant: $150 (standard fee)

Vendor @ $295

The registration fee includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and a certificate of attendance.

Vendor space consists of a table top display in the adjacent classroom near the break service. Vendors may also opt to install a demonstration at the Sediment and Erosion Control Research and Education Facility (SECREF), adjacent to the Booth Field Learning Lab. Vendors who want to install field demos must make arrangements prior to the Field Day. Contact Jamie Luther for information and instructions (

Classroom Address:

Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Nearby Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
3741 Thistledown Dr.
Raleigh, NC


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
5630 Dillard Dr.
Cary, NC

Professional Credit: 6 Hours

  • Certified Professionals in Erosion & Sediment Control (self-claim)
  • Licensed Soil Scientists (self-claim)
  • Professional Engineers and Surveyors (self-claim)