Erosion is the displacement of soil by water, wind, or other natural occurrences. Rip Rap can be used to stabilize areas on a construction site with high erosive power by increasing roughness and slowing velocity of runoff. This can be the most effective method of erosion prevention. It is desirable in areas where conditions prohibit vegetation to grow. For example, areas where velocities are too forceful for vegetation to withstand.
Compared to other practices, rip rap is simple to install and maintain. It is super useful in armoring channels and ditch banks. Having it installed can reduce the cost of sediment build up removal because the soil isn’t being displaced with rip rap. By laying down a special sheet of fabric to cover the soil, water won’t be able to wash away the sand or soil underneath. Rip Rap can last up to fifty years if quality materials are purchased.