What is a Floating Turbidity Barrier?
Turbidity Barrier for Marine Construction
Answer: A "floating turbidity barrier" is a floating boom designed to minimize the transport of silt, turbidity or sediment from a disturbed area adjacent to or within a water body. Typical construction of the barrier will include a top flotation device, impermeable fabric and skirt, and bottom chain.
Depending on curtain type, turbidity barriers may also include section connectors and tension cables to successfully operate in moving water conditions.
Turbidity Barrier Uses
The floating barrier has been used in multiple applications to help control and contain silt and turbidity. Some of the most common applications where these barriers have been used will include the following:
- Dredging Operations
- Marine Construction Activities
- Pier or Piling Cleaning
- Restoration Projects
- Remediation Projects
- Cleanup Along Rivers, Lakes and Ponds
- Roadside Silt Containment
The type of turbidity barrier will be chosen depending on the flow conditions in the water body, the direction of the water movement, tidal changes, etc. As mentioned above, larger types such as the Type 2 or Type 3 barrier will be used in moving water applications, while the Type 1 will be used for calm water locations.
Floating barriers are commonly specified in projects to help control pollution and protect natural environments. Barriers have been deployed to help allow silt and turbidity time to settle. This helps to reduce the pollution in your water area and keep sites in compliance.
For more information on each of our turbidity curtain options, please see our other floating barrier options:
- Type 1 Turbidity Barrier
- Type 2 Turbidity Barrier
- Type 3 Turbidity Barrier
- All Floating Turbidity Barrier Options