Road Wattle: to those not in our industry, hearing these words together is simultaneously confusing and maybe slightly humorous. It might even sound like a Looney Tunes character that was a victim of the Road Runner or Wylie Coyote if you don’t know what it is! No matter what association you make when you first hear those words together, make when you hear the term road wattle, nearly everyone underestimates its importance and the ways the encounter it on a regular basis.
If you’ve ever driven down a country road or an access road, and you’ve encountered a line of stuffed netting along the road, then, believe it or not, you have encountered road wattle. But we’ll stop building the suspense since we guarantee you are reading this and saying “I can’t take it anymore! I still don’t know what Road Wattle is!”
Road wattle is a barrier that can be easily transported to prevent damage to roads after a significant water event, such as a severe thunderstorm. In essence, think of it as a giant sock, that is stuffed with compost material that blocks areas off from potential sediment buildup. So while you may not encounter road wattle every day, you’ve certainly seen it on occasion after a severe storm, and you’ve absolutely benefited from it because it protects you, your home, and your city from harm.
Bedrock Environmental is a proud provider of Diamond Sock’s outstanding products, and their road wattle options are no exception, Their Road Wattle is “filled with chopped switchgrass, and has the added benefit of weighing approximately 50% less compost filter sock, another sediment blocking tool. This allows water to flow smoothly and quickly in an area and significantly easier transport.
Bedrock Environmental was formed to support contractors with the correct EPA approved products with their erosion and sediment control needs. \ The EPA has mandated many of our products to be applied and installed correctly to spec when moving or digging large areas of earth. Our team will assist you with the job set up and offer environmental consulting from the beginning to the end of your project. Call us at 570-239-3950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on road wattle and what it can do for you.