Drainage Ditch Solutions for Stormwater Management

Filtration, Ditch Checks, Barriers, and Dewatering

Stormwater drainage ditch solutions come in a variety of different options, styles, and shapes. GEI Works can help you find the solution you need for addressing stormwater and erosion challenges in drainage ditches, swales, and more. For assistance, just contact our experts with a description of your project, the surrounding environment, specifications or project details, and your concerns. We'll work with you to identify solution options, provide pricing, and installation advice.

Questions? Call the GEI Works team and ask about our drainage ditch solutions at 1-772-646-0597 or request pricing.

Just a Few of GEI Works' Drainage Ditch Solutions for Stormwater Management


Ditch Drainage Solution: Building (or Re-Building) the Ditch or Swale

If your goal is to dredge and rebuild your drainage ditch, it is wise to incorporate a layer of geotextile fabric at the base of the ditch, as well as up the bordering slopes. A common practice is to then cover the fabric with a layer of gravel and stone to secure the fabric in place. Geotextiles are used as a means of separation, stabilization, filtration, and slope protection.

GEI Works carries a full selection of geotextile fabrics by the roll, and can help you select the most practical choice for your drainage ditch solution.

Drainage Ditch Solution: Filtering Stormwater

While preventing erosion-laden waters on your jobsite is the best practice, it is not always practical, or even possible. Until the soil can be stabilized, the compliance solution is to trap the ditch drainage before it exits the job site, and direct it through a filtration device. GEI Works specializes in the USA-manufacture of economical and effective stormwater management solutions. Listed below are common solutions for managing stormwater with drainage ditches, but we have many other alternatives for specific applications. Please ask us, if the solution you need is not listed here.

  • Ditch Check/Check Dam Options:
    • Coir Silt Check
    • Silt Check: For a biodegradable option that acts as a ditch check, consider the Silt Check. Made from 100% natural coir fiber, the Silt Check filters stormwater, reduces flow rates, and controls erosion.
    • Taurus Ditch Check can be a very effective solution for drainage ditch filtration, when installed and maintained properly. Designed for use as small, temporary dams in swales or drainage ditches, they filter stormwater as it flows through. Additionally, it slows the flow of stormwater through the channel, helping to reduce erosion. The Ditch Check is an important stormwater BMP in preventing sediment from entering larger water systems.
  • Filter Fence
    Geotextile Fencing, also known as a Silt Fence, can be used as a barrier for drainage ditches as well as to control and filter stormwater runoff. This drainage ditch barrier is available in both pre-staked and un-staked rolls, and in different fabric styles and weights to accommodate a variety of stormwater flow rates.
  • Dewatering Solutions
    Dewatering is a sediment filtration process, whereby silt laden water is directed to a dewatering sock, bag, or tube. With the assistance of gravity and pressure from the natural flow, water filters through the fabric, leaving the sediment captured in the dewatering device. This can be an effective solution when used to treat stormwater before it enters a drainage ditch. The size of the Taurus Dewatering Bag needed and the type of fabric needed will be determined by jobsite factors.

Drainage Ditch Solution: Barriers to Direct Stormwater

As part of the solution for stormwater management, many find that in addition to filtering the stormwater, they need to implement a drainage ditch barrier to contain and direct the stormwater before pointing it to a filtration point for exit from the site. Options include:

  • Silt BarrierTriton Staked Turbidity Barrier is a tried and true solution for use with drainage ditch sites. One of our highest strength land-based barriers, Staked Turbidity Barrier Fencing is designed specifically for use with high stormwater flows. Made from impermeable PVC fabric, use it to control water flow across your site, and to direct stormwater to sediment settling ponds.
  • Triangular Silt Dike is another alternative for addressing filtration and erosion control on drainage ditch sites. Constructed using a combination of geotextile fabric and urethane foam, these silt dikes provide a more robust structure that can support continuous use in streams, channels, runoff ponds and other storm water collection areas.

Drainage Ditch Solution: Control Erosion

Coir BlocksAs another effective ditch drainage solution, consider minimizing the amount of sediment that enters the waterway. Do this by controlling the areas that are contributing to erosion pollution on your site. Any areas with exposed earth can be considered significant contributors to stormwater pollution. Until the base soil has been sufficiently stabilized, it remains a contributing factor to erosion pollution on your site. GEI Works carries a wide variety of materials for use in controlling erosion:

Five Ways to Control Erosion on Your Site: We provide product solutions that support SWPPP documentation, help with regulatory compliance, and prevent water pollution.

Questions a ditch check? We can help! Call the GEI Works team at 1-772-646-0597 or fill out our quote request form to discuss your requirements.