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Old 12-08-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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Gator Barriers??...NOT!!

O.K., ALL iRV2'rs:

What in the heck are those black plastic sheeting barriers for??? Ya know, the ones that we see randomly almost all over the country along side the roadways. Talking about those kinda fence like barriers sometimes short (a few feet), sometimes long (50 or 100 yds or more), usually 3 or 4 ft. high, usually held up by snow fence lath like supports, sometimes in construction areas, BUT sometimes not??

Wife insists they are "gator barriers" !! There ain't NO GATORS in South Dakota!!

DOES ANYBODY KNOW???

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:12 AM   #2
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Might be Jackalope barriers.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:18 AM   #3
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To protect the environment, from any construction runoff; oil, chemicals, etc. It is a Federal Invironmental Protection Requirement. Construction equipment has fuel, oil and other chemicals used on the job, that if there is a spill, etc. the stuff won't get into the waterways, etc. You sometimes might see bales of hay in the entrances of catch basins, or along the roadway, to keep contaminants out of the storm sewers, ditches, etc.
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I liked Gator Barriers Better.
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They're also to prevent silt, mud etc from leaving the construction site.
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They also use them here when reseeding to provide a wind break, to keep the seed from being blown away.
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I see the 8' "log" type around here. Looks like straw filled burlap.
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They're also to prevent silt, mud etc from leaving the construction site.
Standard containment barrier for silt and mud.
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They're also to prevent silt, mud etc from leaving the construction site.
Right on Worked construction for 40 years and have always installed it as silt fence. It is a plastic weave which allows the rain water to seep thru but keeps the silt, mud onsite. See it in black and orange most often. Hay bales staked into the ground are also used.
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A bit more trivia. The bottom edge must be buried or it's useless. If the bottom edge is not buried, mud, silt etc will go right under it.

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Actually they are gatot barriers and they do work. How many gators have you seen?
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Actually they are gatot barriers and they do work. How many gators have you seen?
Makes a good turtle stop also.
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Makes a good turtle stop also.
Dang! How could I have forgotten the turtles?! Then there's the hippopotami. The barriers obviously work well on them, too.
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I see gators, looking over the barriers like Kilroy, all the time...

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