CHARACTERISTICS OF EROSION CONTROL MEASURES AND THEIR IMPACT ON EROSION

This report presents the results of a field study on the performance of erosion control products under artificial rainfall conditions, bed shear partitioning using a hydraulic flume, and regression analysis of previously published data. Ninety-six runs of different plot lengths, erosion control treatments, vegetative cover, and initial moisture contents were gathered and analyzed. Above-ground biomass varied substantially within the growing season, runoff was most strongly influenced by initial moisture content, and sediment load was substantially reduced using erosion control products and mulches. In the hydraulic flume experiments, the percentage of the total shear acting on soil particles was less than 13.2% for all tests. Failure to obtain a large data base of product characteristics greatly limited the use of regression analysis to explain the performance of erosion control blankets.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Minnesota, St Paul

    Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, 1390 Eckles Avenue
    St Paul, MN  United States  55108

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building, 395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Authors:
    • Singh, U
    • Thompson, A
    • Wilson, B
    • Nguyen, H
    • Hansen, B
  • Publication Date: 2002-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 72 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00962919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MN/RC-2003-05,, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: 74708, WO 139
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2003 12:00AM