ASTM D7208-06

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Temporary Ditch Check Performance in Protecting Earthen Channels from Stormwater-Induced Erosion


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the guidelines, requirements, and procedures for evaluating the ability of temporary ditch checks to protect earthen channels from stormwater-induced erosion. Critical elements of this protection are the ability of the temporary ditch check to:

    1.1.1 Slow and/or pond runoff to encourage sedimentation, thereby reducing soil particle transport downstream;

    1.1.2 Trap soil particles up stream of structure; and

    1.1.3 Decrease soil erosion.

    1.2 This test method utilizes full-scale testing procedures, rather than reduced-scale (bench-scale) simulation, and is patterned after conditions typically found on construction sites at the conclusion of earthwork operations, but prior to the start of revegetation work. Therefore this test method considers only unvegetated conditions.

    1.3 This test method provides a comparative evaluation of a temporary ditch check to baseline bare soil conditions under controlled and documented conditions.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are provided for information purposes only.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Also, the user must comply with prevalent regulatory codes, such as OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) guidelines, while using the test method.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D698 Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12,400 ft-lbf/ft3 (600 kN-m/m3))

    D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data

    D6460 Test Method for Determination of Rolled Erosion Control Product (RECP) Performance in Protecting Earthen Channels from Stormwater-Induced Erosion


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.140 (Construction of waterways, ports and dykes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/D7208-06

    Citation Format

    ASTM D7208-06, Standard Test Method for Determination of Temporary Ditch Check Performance in Protecting Earthen Channels from Stormwater-Induced Erosion, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.org

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