Erosion is a serious concern across the US and the globe. One effective method to reduce soil erosion is to apply rolled erosion control products (RECPs). One material source for use in RECPs that has not been studied is low-value forest residuals (LVRs). The objectives of this study were to design RECPs out of four LVRs (leaf litter, willow whiplets, willow chips, spruce needles) and to assess their ability to reduce soil loss, control water quality (turbidity and total phosphorous), and enhance germination. LVR RECPs were tested using ASTM standards on bare, detritus, and burned soils. Leaf litter and spruce needle RECPs were highly effective at all three abilities, while the willow whiplet and chip RECPs were effective at reducing erosion, but less effective at controlling water quality and enhancing vegetation. Overall, the use of LVRs as a material source for RECPs shows great promise.
|Advisor:||Smith, Jennifer L., Daley, Douglas J.|
|Commitee:||Abrahamson, Lawrence, Briggs, Russell, Hassett, John, Newman, David|
|School:||State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry|
|Department:||Environmental & Resources Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Forestry, Environmental science, Environmental engineering|
|Keywords:||Bench-scale testing, Burned soil erosion, Low-value forest residuals, Rainsplash, Rolled erosion control product, Soil erosion|
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