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.


Related Solutions

Enviromat®

Enviromat® (EM) Concrete Linings


Enviromat Concrete Linings are installed to provide protection against periodic high flows. After installation, vegetation can be planted within the open structure of the lining to create a more natural appearance. Enviromat Concrete Linings are used in drainage ditches and on the upper slopes of channels, canals, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and other water courses as well as for embankments subject to heavy run-off.

Enviromat Linings are comprised of concrete-filled elements and unfilled areas that allow for the establishment of vegetation.  Once the concrete sets, the defined unfilled and interwoven areas are opened by cutting the fabric and are planted or are filled with topsoil and seeded.  Within a growing season a vegetated cover will normally extend over the lining, resulting in an erosion control system with the hydraulic, ecological and aesthetic features desired.

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HYDROTEX® FilterBand®

FilterBand® (FB) Concrete Linings


FilterBand® (FB) Concrete Linings are similar to Filter Point, providing an effective and highly permeable concrete lining that resists erosive forces. FilterBand® differs from Filter Point in that the form creates interconnected, tubular concrete elements that are separated by large, interwoven filtration bands.  The filtration bands provide for greater reduction of uplift pressures than Filter Point Linings.  Also, the biaxial alignment of the tubular elements creates two directionally determined coefficients of hydraulic friction. As a result, FilterBand® achieves greater reduction of flow velocity or wave energy than Filter Point.

FilterBand® concrete linings are specified in situations similar to those for which Filter Point might be specified, which also require greater relief of uplift pressures, higher reduction of flow velocities, or greater reduction of wave run-up.

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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® Articulating Block

Articulating Block (AB) Concrete Linings

Articulating Block (AB) Concrete Linings


Articulating Block Mats form cable-reinforced concrete block mattresses that resist erosive forces. They are often constructed where a revetment is exposed to frontal attack by wave action.

AB Mats are typically used to protect coastlines, canals, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, underwater pipelines, bridge piers, and other marine structures from propeller wash, ship wakes, wind waves, currents, and high velocity flows. They are also used in environmental construction for landfill caps, down chutes, and collector channels.

The AB fabric form consists of a series of compartments linked by an interwoven perimeter. Grout ducts interconnect the compartments, and high-strength revetment cables are installed between and through the compartments and grout ducts.

Once filled, the AB Mats become a mattress of pillow-shaped, rectangular concrete blocks. The interwoven perimeters between the blocks serve as hinges to permit articulation. The cables remain embedded in the concrete blocks to link the blocks together and facilitate articulation.

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HYDROTEX® Filter Point

HYDROTEX Articulating Block

HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX Enviromat

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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We’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days. All specifications are available in both nylon and polyester configurations.





HYDROTEX® Filter Point

HYDROTEX Articulating Block

HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX Enviromat

Southwest Florida International Airport

Southwest Florida International Airport



Fort Myers, Florida, USA


For this project, AECOM and Reynolds, Smith & Hills Co. (RS&H) collaborated with the Lee County Port Authority to develop a plan for the Midfield Terminal Apron Expansion and Associated Taxiways Project of Southwest Florida International Airport. The project was aimed at providing:

  • More space for aircraft taxiing between the runway and terminal gates
  • Additional paved areas for overnight and diverted aircraft parking
  • A long-term, cross-field taxiway system linking the existing runway to the future parallel runway
  • A stormwater detention facility

The total project budget was $39.4 million with financing from grants from the Florida Department of Transportation and Lee County Port Authority funds.

AECOM / RS&H specified a 6 in thick HYDROTEX® Filter Point 600 (FP600) fabric-formed concrete revetment for the protection of the inside slopes of the new South Stormwater Detention Facility.

The project contract was awarded to Manhattan (Florida) Construction. Among other contract tasks Manhattan converted the existing retention wet ponds to a modern stormwater detention facility in less than three months.

The Florida Department of Transportation honored Manhattan Construction, Lee County Port Authority, and AECOM Technology Corp. with the 2014 Commercial Service Airport Project award for their work on this project.


Owner:Lee County Port Authority
Engineer:AECOM / Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Co.
Contractor:Manhattan (Florida) Construction
Installation:2013
Products:HYDROTEX Filter Point 600 (FP600)

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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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