Geotextiles are land surface erosion control products that come in numerous forms and are made from synthetic and/or natural products. Most commonly, geotextile products are used where vegetation will provide the long-term erosion protection, but initial assistance is required to prevent erosion, protect revegetation, suppress weeds and retain soil moisture.
Geotextiles are generally used in combined vegetation management and physical intervention actions. Physical intervention is often required to initiate a required action and assist the establishment of vegetation. This strategy should be focused on a long-term goal of vegetation establishment to achieve the goal.
Filter cloth, a form of geotextile, is used to provide a filter layer between a structure (e.g. rock chute) and the in-situ bed and bank material to prevent the movement of soil through the structure. Geotextile is very effective when used for this application.
Potential benefits for rehabilitation:
Potential negative implications for rehabilitation:
Rickson, R.J., 2006. Controlling sediment at source: an evaluation of erosion control geotextiles. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms: The Journal of the British Geomorphological Research Group, 31(5), pp.550-560.
Last updated: 22 June 2022
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Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2022) Geotextiles, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/rehabilitation/rehab-process/step-4/intervention-options/geotextiles-mod.html