Construction activities are known to rapidly increase the erodibility of soils. The increase in soil erosion can have a detrimental effect on surface waters. Soil leaving a construction site can enter a storm sewer system which ultimately leads to area lakes, wetlands, streams and rivers. The sediment that flows to these waterways, from construction sites , is sometimes contaminated with fertilizers, pesticides, or other substances like oils or grease that are associated with construction activities. Therefore, it is important that we work to maintain all soils on site to ensure the health of our local surface waters.