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Bonded Fiber Matrix
What is This Treatment?
Bonded fiber matrix consists of a wood or wood/paper fiber blanket bonded together by a polymer tackifier.
The Bonded Fiber Matrix specification includes the following steps:
- A hydroseed truck sprays wood fiber and tackifier from one direction.
- A hydroseed truck sprays wood fiber and tackifier from a second direction.
When to Use This Treatment:
- Use for cut and fill slopes and other disturbed soil areas.
- Typically used to treat disturbed areas larger than 0.5 acres. Consider using Dry Seeding to hand-seed areas less than 0.5 acres.
Immediate protection from surface erosion due to raindrop impact (after 24-48 hour cure period).
Conforms closely to the soil surface which may result in less erosion due to surface rilling.
Vegetation provided by seed provides long-term control of erosion.
- Higher application rates required for steeper slopes may inhibit germination of seed and establishment of long-term vegetation.
Surface treatment only - unlikely to improve compacted, nutrient depleted, or poorly draining soils as necessary to ensure vigorous long term vegetative cover.
Inefficient technique to treat disturbed areas less than 0.5 acres. Consider using the Dry Seeding specification instead.
Consider Using With:
To effectively treat sites where Erosion Control (Bonded Fiber Matrix) may not stay in place, consider combining this treatment with:
To effectively treat sites with poor soils (compacted, nutrient depleted, or poorly draining), consider combining this treatment with:
- 2010 Standard Specifications (See Section 21-1.02K and 21-1.03J BFM)
- 2010 Revised Standard Specifications (RSS)
Plans and Details:
Examples of how to specify the use of Straw on the project plans:
- Sample Erosion Control Legend (PDF Version)
- Sample Erosion Control Legend (.DGN Microstation CAD Version)
- Click here to view current awarded bid prices for Bonded Fiber Matrix.
- Click here for a 1997 cost survey of Erosion Control pricing.
- Use BEES code 210250 Bonded Fiber Matrix for payment by square feet.
- Use BEES code 210251 Bonded Fiber Matrix for payment by acre.
- H. Dana Bowers, et al. 1947. Erosion Control on California State Highways
- California Department of Transportation, "TransPlant Seed and Plant Selection Tool", August 2009.
- California Department of Transportation, "Roadside Erosion Control Management Study (RECM)", May 2008.
- California Department of Transportation, "Effective Planting Techniques to Minimize Erosion", January 2004.
- Caltrans Transportation Lab - California Test 226 - Determination of Moisture Content by Oven Drying
- Water-Holding Capacity for Hydromulch Technical Report (CA-DOT-TL-2167-1-76-36)
- David Steinfield, Scott Riley, Kim Wilkinson, Thomas D. Landis, Lee Riley, et al. 2007. "Roadside Revegetation, An Integrated Approach to Establishing Native Plants" Accessed 2009-07-16
- Michael Hogan, 2009. "Sediment Source Control Handbook, An Adaptive Approach to Restoration of Disturbed Areas" Accessed 2009-07-16.