SEDIMENT RUNOFF CONTROL AT HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SITES; A GUIDE FOR WATER QUALITY PROTECTION

THE EFFECTS OF SUSPENDED SEDIMENT ON WATER QUALITY, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TURBIDITY AND SUSPENDED SEDIMENT, METHODS OF SEDIMENT ANALYSIS, AND THE NATURE OF THE EROSION PROCESS ARE SUMMARIZED. A RATIONAL METHOD, BASED ON THE UNIVERSAL SOIL LOSS EQUATION, IS DESCRIBED FOR PREDICTING EROSION RATES AT ANY GIVEN CONSTRUCTION SITE, AND THEREFORE THE NEED FOR RUNOFF CONTROL. THE UTILITY OF THIS METHOD IS DEMONSTRATED BY APPLYING IT TO A SECTION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY I-80 IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE TEMPORARY SEDIMENT RUNOFF DURING HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION NECESSITATED INSTALLING A $1.3 MILLION PLANT TO TREAT A MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY. IT IS SHOWN THAT A SYSTEM OF DITCHES AND IMPOUNDMENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION AREA COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE STREAM POLLUTION AT LESS COST, AT THE SAME TIME SATISFYING CURRENT STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pennsylvania State University, University Park

    College of Engineering
    University Park, PA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Swerdon, P M
    • Kountz, R R
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 70 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No B-108 Res Bull
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 9 1973 12:00AM