Soil erosion from urban development and Interstate highway construction during the winter and spring of 1972 and 1973 resulted in extensive runoff pollution of Lake Jackson, a large recreational lake in northern Florida. Turbidity levels in mid-lake reached levels of 180 Jackson turbidity units, and portions of the lake reached turbidity levels exceeding 500 Jackson turbidity units. Floating silt barriers were deployed in 2 arms of the lake by the Florida Department of Transportation to abate the movement of turbid waters into the main body of the lake. Sediment core analyses were performed to determine the extent of sedimentation that had occurred, and water turbidity was monitered to determine the effectiveness of the silt barriers. Clay and silt fines were found to be the major factor in creating turbid conditions in the lake. Erosion controls were effective in controlling movement of sand-size sediments, but they were ineffective in controlling clays and silts. The silt barriers were up to 93 percent effective in preventing the movement of suspended silt and clay into the main body of the lake.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 12-24
  • Monograph Title: Mitigating adverse environmental effects of highway construction
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129473
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024552
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM