Turbidity Barriers & Silt Curtain
Silt Barrier, Turbidity & Silt Curtain
Turbidity barriers, also known as floating curtains, silt barriers, or silt curtains are floating barriers designed to contain and control the dispersion of floating silt or turbidity in water. GEI Works manufactures a selection of Triton turbidity barriers to contain silt and keep your project site in compliance in every type of water condition. Contact a specialist today to discuss your requirements: 1-772-646-0597 or fill out our quote request form.
|Type 1 Silt Barriers
|Type 2 Silt Barriers
Type 3 Silt Barriers
Staked Turbidity Barriers
Specialty Silt Curtains
|Permeable Silt Barriers
High Water Flow
Floating Containment Mat
Bridge or Overwater Work
Not sure which turbidity barrier is right for your project? Our Comparison Guide can help.
Triton floating turbidity curtains are recommended stormwater BMPs and help keep construction sites in compliance by controlling silt and sediment in water and allowing it time to settle. Triton DOT Turbidity Curtains meet USDOT requirements and exceed minimum guidelines outlined in the Florida DOT Erosion and Sediment Control Design and Review Manual. Triton Turbidity Curtains are available in standard and custom models to suit your project's needs.
Choosing Your Triton Turbidity Barrier
Choosing the right turbidity barrier or floating silt curtain for your location is highly dependent on several different site conditions. We urge customers to consider several factors and conditions, such as water flow/current speed, waves (height, frequency), wind (speed, direction), job type, and duration to determine the right barrier. If you have any additional site-specific requirements, please let us know those conditions. For more information about site specific projects, visit our custom turbidity barrier drawings page. To pick the correct barrier for your site, take a look at the chart below, or at our Triton Turbidity Curtain Comparison Guide (PDF).
CALM WATER CURTAINS
Type 1 Curtains
|Type 1 Contractor||13 oz. PVC
4 in. Float
|Type 1 Economy||13 oz. PVC
6 in. or 8 in. Float
|Type 1 DOT||18 oz. PVC
6 in. or 8 in. Float
|Type 1 Geo Curtain||8 oz. Nonwoven Geo|
|Calm, Still Water, Water Flows 0 fps|
MOVING WATER CURTAINS
Type 2 Curtains
|Type 2 Contractor||13 oz. PVC
4" Float, Top Tension Cable
|Type 2 DOT||18 oz. PVC
6 in. or 8 in. Float, Top Tension Cable
|Type 2 HD||22 oz. PVC
6 in., 8 in., or 12 in. Float, Top Tension Cable
|Type 2 HD Permeable||22 oz. PVC
6 in., 8 in., or 12 in. Float, Top Tension Cable
FAST WATER CURTAINS
Type 3 Curtains
|Type 3 DOT||18 oz. PVC w/ Geotextile Panel|
|Type 3 HD||22 oz. PVC Dual Tension Cable|
|Type 3 Permeable||22 oz. PVC w/ Geotextile Panel, Dual Tension Cable|
|Moderate Winds, Water Flow less than 1.5 knots, Waves under 2'|
Floating Turbidity Barrier Accessories:
- Anchor Kits
- Marker Lights
- Reefing Lines
- Tow Bridles
- Tidal Compensators
- Vinyl Repair Kit
- Marine Accessories
Learn more about Triton Turbidity Barriers
How does a Turbidity Curtain Work?
Any time you are performing construction in or around a water body, the chance of pollution and/or suspended solids is high. In order to help limit the spread of these solids, turbidity curtains are placed around work areas, job sites, and dredging locations. This is important because increased sediment or disruption of sediment in water blocks sunlight for plants and harms aquatic life. Learn more about how a turbidity barrier can be used as a bid for a pond job site. Once turbidity barriers are implemented, solids are given increased time to naturally settle back down to the bottom of the water. This improves settling times for solids and helps protect natural resources from pollution. We offer Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and custom models of Triton Silt Curtains (sometimes called turbidity fences) to fit your jobsite and specific applications. View our Type 1 Turbidity Curtain DOT page for more information.
Did you know that turbidity barriers are an important erosion control product? Click here to view our infographic on the Five Ways to Control Erosion on Your Site.
Turbidity Curtain Advantages:
- Helps Sites Avoids Fines and Project Shut Downs
- Limits the Spread of Particles
- Controls and Contains Suspended Solids
- Increases Settling Times
- Lowers TSS Levels for Solids
- Controls Displaced Solids
- Protects Natural Habitats or Environmentally Sensitive Areas
Turbidity Barrier Applications: Triton Floating Turbidity Curtains are designed to work in any location dealing with solids, particles, sediment or turbidity. Some of the most common locations include the following:
- Dredging Operations
- Marine Construction Jobs
- Pile Cleaning and Extraction
- Roadside Construction Work
- Silt Containment Areas
- Restoration Projects
GEI Works is committed to finding the right solution for your project. We work with customers to find the best curtain model for your location. We work closely with contractors, engineers, owners, regulators, and citizen groups to provide comprehensive and state of the art erosion prevention and turbidity control solutions.
Technical Resources for Silt and Turbidity Curtains
Turbidity and Silt Curtains are an integral part of our erosion control equipment and product line. With the introduction of the Clean Water Act (1998) and subsequent NPDES phase II (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System), regulations have highlighted the importance of protecting our water resources from pollutants. When used correctly, these curtains can be an effective BMP (best management practice) for most job sites and project location. View our Permeable Silt Curtain page for more information.
View further regulatory and educational resources below. Our experienced staff are always available to our clients.
Custom Triton Turbidity Barrier Solutions:
Below you will find some of our custom turbidity curtains, including models to help with barge dredging, pilings, and more.
- Dredging Barge Curtain
- Piling Extraction
- Piling Protection
- Piling Driving System in Action (YouTube)
- Floating Containment Mat
(for bridges and dams)
Turbidity Barrier Installation
- Turbidity Barriers Installation
- Turbidity Curtain Assembly and Installation
- Ground Anchor Installation
- Silt Curtain Anchoring Instructions
Please view our Booms and Barriers Overview page, which showcases our complete water barrier variety including debris booms, turbidity barriers, water baffles, and more. For silt barrier maintenance information, visit the Turbidity Curtain Maintenance page. You can also visit our Florida Erosion Control Compliance Products page for more information on keeping your projects in compliance with Florida regulations.
For more information, visit our blog posts on turbidity curtains:
- Reap the Benefits of Inspecting and Maintaining Your Turbidity Curtain
- Controlling Turbidity on Hydraulic Dredging Sites