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Environmental Effects of Compost and Standard Erosion/Sediment Controls: Compost Research

Environmental Effects of Compost and Standard Erosion/Sediment Controls: Compost Research

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  • ISBN-13: 9783843393751
  • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2011
  • Pages: 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.39 x 8.66 x 5.91 inches

Overview

Soil loss rates from construction sites are 10-20 times that of agricultural lands. The use of surface applied organic amendments has been shown to reduce runoff and erosion. Four types of compost blankets, hydroseed, silt fence and a bare soil (control) were applied in field test plots. Treatments were seeded with common bermuda grass. A rainfall simulator applied rainfall at an average rate equivalent to the 50 yr/1 hr storm event, and runoff samples were collected and analyzed for solids, nutrients and runoff quantity. Three simulated rain events were conducted: immediately after treatment application, at vegetation establishment, and at vegetation maturity. Vegetative growth and soil quality characteristics were also evaluated.

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