Soil erosion and sedimentation control

Authored by: Robert A. Douglas

Low-Volume Road Engineering: Design, Construction, and Maintenance

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482212631
eBook ISBN: 9781482212655
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It is estimated that hundreds of billions of ton(ne)s of topsoil are lost due to erosion annually [9.1] and that the loss of soil outstrips its regeneration by 10–40 times [9.2]. It is partly responsible for the degradation of aquatic habitat and the deterioration of drinking water supplies. A s­ignificant ­portion of the erosion is caused by poor low-volume road design and construction. However, it is a problem that can be mitigated with good design and construction.

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