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Assessing risk is the first step in managing it, meaning you need to know your risks before addressing them. For this, you can assess your own risk or request the services of a suitable consultant to help you. The following publications may assist:
In assessing erosion and sediment risks, consider the factors that are specific to your site and activities that you are undertaking.
The characteristics of a site and its surrounds all contribute to site risk, as summarised in Table 1.
Different soil types have varying:
Soil types can include sand, silt, clay, silty clay, rock, sodic soils, and others.
Dispersive or sodic soils (soils with high sodium content) tend to:
Silty soil, sands and gravels are prone to wind erosion and dust emissions.
Permeable soils tend to soak up more water and produce less runoff.
Identification of onsite and nearby sensitive areas combined with good planning, location, and management of onsite activities, can reduce the risk of:
The following table provides guidance on activities and potential risks and controls. However, the controls outlined are suggested only and may not always be appropriate. Other measures that create equal or better outcomes may need to be tailored to the individual circumstances of your site and activity in order to meet your obligations.
Soil that is exposed to water and wind erosion can cause:
Material stockpiles can be subject to wind or water erosion resulting in:
Water extraction and disposal
Manage offsite flows.
Infrastructure development and protection
Unprotected or unmaintained assets may be subject to:
Unsealed roads and thoroughfares
Unsealed roads or thoroughfares which are unprotected, unmaintained, or overused may be subject to:
Landscaping can result in:
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