Retention Pond Permanent Erosion Control

Permanent Erosion Control for Retention Ponds

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Permanent Erosion Control for Retention Ponds

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Resolve underwater scour issues with HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete scour protection mattresses.

The best solution for localized scour underwater and on land, HYDROTEX provides superior protection against harsh hydraulic forces under the sea.

How? The geosynthetic panels are laid out underwater at berths, ports, and harbors, then pumped with fine aggregate concrete. The result is a fabric-formed concrete mat that conforms to the scour depth around pier piles, on embankments, and under any marine structure.

How is HYDROTEX used at retention ponds?

The Problem

Retention ponds are a critical part of many highway systems, municipal drainage systems, and industrial facilities. The embankments of the ponds can be eroded by wind-generated waves, reducing its stormwater management functionality. Unwanted weeds and vegetation can also grow on the embankments, affecting flow velocity and making the pond difficult to maintain.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

Permanently control erosion at retention ponds by casting a concrete mattress that keeps vegetation from growing on the embankment.

Depending on your or your client’s needs, we can also manufacture a fabric form that will allow you to cast a vegetated concrete mat, providing erosion protection while also accommodating aesthetic requirements.

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Retention Pond Erosion Control Projects

Articulating Block Concrete Mat on Slope

HYDROTEX® Articulating Block



HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX® Uniform Section



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Effective Retention Pond Lining and Embankment Protection

Similar to detention ponds, retention ponds are artificial bodies of water that are designed to keep a natural inland waterway, such as a river or a stream, clean. Unlike detention ponds, which may sometimes be dry, retention ponds are designed to be permanently filled with water.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses will prevent erosion while ensuring the pond is an effective countermeasure against stormwater runoff.

Erosion control at retention ponds is typically applicable for these use cases:

Industrial plant
Mine
Wastewater plant
Airport runway

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Geomembrane (HDPE or LLDPE Liner) Protection Solutions

Geomembrane Protection

Synthetex is the manufacturer of the leading liner protection product in the industry.

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Geomembrane Protection

Synthetex is the manufacturer of the leading liner protection product in the industry.

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Geomembrane protection is easy with a custom-manufactured HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress.

Typically used at landfills or wastewater sites, liners are high-strength and durable, but require protection against machinery and degradation.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the superior solution for mechanical protection, beating harder-to-install competitors such as geocells. Most importantly of all, HYDROTEX is permanent—no maintenance required.

How is HYDROTEX used for liner protection?

The Problem

Liners are an expensive investment that can get easily damaged. Because they’re so thin, they’re vulnerable to damage from objects, UV, and machinery operating over or on the liner. Additionally, they can be damaged by wind, uplift, equipment impacts during the cleaning of sediment deposits, and activities such as depositing waste material or coal ash.

Without proper protection, you risk having to replace this expensive investment only a few years after purchasing it.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

Protect your liner or geomembrane with a permanent concrete mattress that’s placed on top of the liner, protecting against machinery, UV, wind uplift, clean out operations, and other damage.

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Casting a Geomembrane Protection System

HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX® Uniform Section



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Liner (Geomembrane) Protection for Landfills

A geomembrane is one of the most critical components of a landfill because of its importance in preventing leachates from seeping into the soil and groundwater.

Though high-performance, geomembranes tend to be thin and can’t withstand excessive pulling or the passing of machinery over it. HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses provide permanent protection over the liner, eliminating these concerns.

Geomembrane protection is typically needed for:

Industrial plant
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Mine
Wastewater plant

Geomembrane Protection For Wastewater Facilities

Don’t leave a liner to the mercy of the environment and machinery in your municipality’s wastewater treatment plant.

Instead, use a custom-manufactured HYDROTEX Uniform Section mattress to permanently protect the liner from damage. That way, the liner continues to successfully prevent harmful wastewater byproducts from leaking into the water table.

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Embankment Erosion Protection Solutions

Permanent Erosion Protection for Embankments

Synthetex manufactures HYDROTEX custom-made fabric formworks for the casting of concrete embankment protection systems. Offering cheaper freight costs and minimal labor requirements, HYDROTEX helps you save money and time.

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Permanent Erosion Protection for Embankments

Synthetex manufactures HYDROTEX custom-made fabric formworks for the casting of concrete embankment protection systems. Offering cheaper freight costs and minimal labor requirements, HYDROTEX helps you save money and time.

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With HYDROTEX, embankment slope protection is permanent and easy.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the leading embankment protection method for rivers, locks, coasts, harbors, and more. Simply lay out the geosynthetic panels, pump with fine aggregate concrete, and see your custom-manufactured mattress rise to its designed thickness.

Though typically not used as a soil stabilization product, HYDROTEX can help stabilize the embankment and provide an extra layer of protection against hydraulic and environmental forces.

How is HYDROTEX used at embankments?

The Problem

Unprotected embankments can erode and cause the soil to recede under roads, infrastructure, and valuable property, leading to the catastrophic collapse of these structures.

How? Left exposed, embankments can erode due to waves, flowing water, or underwater ship thrusters. The optimal embankment protection solution will therefore accommodate different conditions and protect the embankment decades after installation.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

HYDROTEX fabric formworks are the best way to cast a concrete mattress that effectively prevents the soil from eroding and keeps the embankment intact.

With HYDROTEX, you can take care of any design requirements. For example, you can choose a product that relieves hydrostatic pressure, decreases water velocity, reduces wave run-up, or provides an impermeable liner.

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Permanent Embankment Erosion Control

Articulating Block Concrete Mat on Slope

HYDROTEX® Articulating Block



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HYDROTEX in Action at Embankments



Embankment Protection for Locks and Dams

Just like any other inland waterway, locks and dams have embankments that need to be protected from erosion.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the best solution for this application. A HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mat can withstand the hydraulic forces present at dams and prevent soil loss at these fragile areas.

Embankment erosion control services are typically applicable for:

Lock and dam
Marine facility
Mine
Wastewater plant
Ship at port
River and canal erosion control
Airport runway
Sediment remediation and capping

Coastal Embankment Protection

Coasts are subject to erosion because of their constant contact with the ocean’s waves. Protect the coast near or around your facility with a HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress. Our customized fabric formworks can help you cast a mattress of any thickness and configuration.

For example, two different formworks can be sown together, with an impermeable concrete mattress on one end and a permeable concrete mat on the other.

HYDROTEX can also be used as a shoreline revetment product.

River and Canal Embankment Protection

Preventing embankment failure should be a priority for municipal and regional authorities trying to maintain the well-being of bodies of water in their districts. HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the best erosion protection measure at river embankments, providing far superior protection than geocells (cellular confinement), matting, rip rap, and prefabricated concrete blocks.

Embankment Protection at Bridges, Highways, & Railways

Embankment failure is a concern for DOT authorities looking to ensure the sustainability of their municipality’s rivers, canals, and other inland bodies of water. Ensure river embankments are protected by armoring them with HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete.

Permanent and simple to install, a concrete mattress will relieve hydrostatic pressure and keep the soil protected underneath.

Who is Synthetex?

We are the manufacturer of HYDROTEX® geosynthetic fabric formwork used for the in-situ casting of concrete.

We are not an engineering firm, subcontractor, concrete supplier, or fabriform installer. We are a manufacturer.

As your manufacturer, we work with each of those entities to deliver cost-effective solutions at every stage of your project. Our team will also assist with cost analyses, train installation teams, provide technical assistance, and assist with design and hydraulics.

We’re not just a one-time supplier—we’re your strategic partner for your current project and beyond.


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Detention Pond Erosion Control Solutions

Permanent Erosion Control for Detention Ponds

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Permanent Erosion Control for Detention Ponds

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HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is a proven method to permanently prevent erosion at detention ponds.

Detention ponds are excavated structures that are designed to temporarily hold excess water before it goes into a natural body of water. Sometimes, it may be dry. To prevent the soil from eroding, an embankment protection system is required. HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the leading erosion control solution for detention ponds and retention ponds, saving millions in repair costs.

How is HYDROTEX used at detention ponds?

The Problem

Like canals, channels, retention ponds, and cooling ponds, detention ponds can suffer from bank erosion, which causes the embankment to recede toward any adjacent infrastructure. As the soil recedes, these structures can potentially collapse.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

Solve this problem by installing a concrete mattress using our HYDROTEX fabric formworks for the casting of concrete erosion control mattresses. Whether vegetated or non-vegetated, a HYDROTEX mattress will control bank erosion and protect valuable adjacent structures or property.

With HYDROTEX, you have a wide range of options. Using our fabric forms, you can cast a permeable, impermeable, or vegetated mattress—all while keeping costs low and your profits high.

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Erosion Control at Cooling Ponds

HYDROTEX Filter Point

HYDROTEX® Filter Point



HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX® Filter Band® Concrete Mattress



HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX® Uniform Section



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Proven Detention Pond Lining and Embankment Protection

Used for wastewater management and sediment retention, detention ponds are an important part of any facility’s design.

With HYDROTEX at your side, you can permanently banish erosion in detention ponds. Sometimes wet and sometimes dry, detention ponds can be particularly susceptible to erosion. Whether you choose to line the entirety of the pond or protect only one side, HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses will effortlessly get the job done.

Our products are also used to protect retention ponds, downchutes, culverts and outfalls, and more.

Cooling pond erosion control services are typically applicable for:

Industrial plant
Mine
Wastewater plant
Airport runway

Protect Municipal Detention Ponds with HYDROTEX

In municipal applications, detention ponds are excavated beside rivers and other inland bodies of water to temporarily hold excess water, preventing flooding and mitigating soil loss.

Though they play a critical role in erosion control, the ponds themselves must also be protected to ensure they continue functioning. A HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress will provide municipal detention ponds much needed protection against erosion.

Why do you need EROSION CONTROL FOR INDUSTRIAL WASTE DETENTION PONDS?

Industrial waste is the unusable by-product of industrial activity in factories, mills, and mining operations.

Some examples include paper products, chemical solvents, paints, metals and radioactive waste.

Industrial wastewater treatment is used to contain and treat waters that have been contaminated by anthropogenic industrial or commercial activities prior to it being released into the environment or re-used. Industrial waste treatment often requires detention systems that include one or more basins, or ponds designed to receive, hold and treat wastewater for a predetermined length of time.

Synthetex’s HYDROTEX® fabric-formed concrete mattresses prevent erosion of the detention pond’s banks from wind-generated waves and the growth of long grass and weeds that block wind and provide breeding areas for flies, mosquitoes and other insects.

Municipal wastewater treatment plants can also extract similar benefits from using HYDROTEX to protect these vulnerable areas.


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Municipal Water & Wastewater Erosion Control

Erosion Control for Municipal Water and Wastewater Facilities

Detention ponds, retention ponds, and other municipal water structures will be protected from erosion with a HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress.

Approved for use in a wide range of municipalities, counties, and cities both in the United States and abroad, the HYDROTEX line of fabric-formed concrete mattresses is an apt solution for erosion control at wastewater management facilities.

There are several different types of system designs for lagoons, including ponds, reservoirs, and basins. Lagoon systems include one or more ponds or basins designed to receive, hold, and treat wastewater for a predetermined length of time.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses prevent erosion of the lagoon’s banks from wind generated waves and the growth of long grass and weeds that block wind and provide breeding areas for flies, mosquitoes, and other insects.

Why is HYDROTEX the top choice for your water and wastewater project?

HYDROTEX is a permanent erosion control solution that requires little maintenance after installation. Roadside detention ponds, retention ponds, and geomembranes in wastewater treatment plants all require protection from erosion and damage. However, we understand that municipal authorities and maintenance managers don’t want to look after the upkeep of erosion control systems at their facilities.

Banish these worries with a HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress. The geosynthetic panels are custom-manufactured with the required thickness. Once the double-walled geosynthetic fabric is pumped with fine aggregate concrete, it creates a permanent concrete mattress that can be flexible, permeable, and resistant to both hydraulic and erosive forces. It is superior to rip-rap, prefabricated concrete blocks, and gabions.

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HYDROTEX® Uniform Section

Uniform Section (US) Concrete Linings

Uniform Section (US) Concrete Linings


Uniform Section (US) Concrete Linings are similar to traditional concrete slope paving.  They create a solid, high-quality concrete lining with a relatively low hydraulic resistance and uniform cross-section.  Uniform Section linings are used to reduce the infiltration or exfiltration of aggressive waste and chemical fluids into or out of open channels and basins.  They are also used to reduce exfiltration in arid regions where open channels and basins require watertight linings.

Uniform Section Concrete Linings are resistant to leachate and most chemicals.  They protect geosynthetic liners from mechanical damage, exposure to UV light, and freeze-thaw cycles.  These self-supporting, high-strength linings permit construction on steep side slopes and replace the conventional use of clay or sand as liner protection. Placement of the forms and concrete filling can be performed without the use of equipment on the liner.  The tensile strength and abrasion resistance of the fabric protect the liner from the pumped concrete.

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HYDROTEX® Filter Point

Filter Point (FP) Concrete Linings

Filter Point (FP) Concrete Linings


Filter Point Concrete Linings with filtration points (drains) provide erosion-resistant, permeable concrete linings for ditches, channels, canals, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, reservoirs, marinas, and protected port and harbor areas.

Filter Point Concrete Linings have a cobbled surface and a relatively high coefficient of hydraulic friction in order to achieve lower flow velocities and to reduce wave run-up. The filtration points provide for the relief of hydrostatic uplift pressures, increasing the system’s stability.

Filter Point Concrete Linings were the first type of fabric formed concrete system developed. In 1965, a Dutch patent was issued for “fabric formed slope paving.” The form suggested by this patent was later refined to create the first “filter point” lining.

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Long-Term Control Plans I.E.P.A. Project No. L172560 – Stormwater Management Basin


Long-term Control Plans I.E.P.A. Project No. L172560 – Stormwater Management Basin



City of Belleville, Illinois, USA


Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) collaborated with the city of Belleville to develop a Long-Term Control Plan for Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO), as required by the state of Illinois and U.S. EPA. The initial and most significant stage included expanding and modifying the existing Water Reclamation Facility. The objective was to improve water quality by lessening issues with the city’s CSO. Throughout the project, TWM used energy-efficient technologies to greatly decrease the environmental impact of the city’s effluent.

TWM also focused on cost savings while implementing solutions to minimize the user charge increase. TWM engineers re-purposed existing components, such as converting existing sludge lagoons to CSO management basins, instead of resorting to all new construction, which decreased the overall impact on sewer rates. Four-inch thick grout mattresses were specified for the inside slopes of the new management basins.

The project contract was awarded to Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K&L). Among other contract tasks K&L converted the existing lagoons to stormwater management basins lined with HYDROTEX® Filter Point (FP400) fabric formed concrete.

For its innovative and complex design to modify and expand the City of Belleville Water Reclamation Facility, TWM received the 2015 Engineering Excellence Honor Award in Waste and Storm Water from the American Council of Engineering Companies – Illinois.


Owner:City of Belleville, Illinois
Engineer:Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc.
Contractor:Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
Installation:2012
Products:HYDROTEX Filter Point 400 (FP400)

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