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Sediment Control Log (SCL) Performance, Design and Decision Matrix for Field Applications

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  12/12/2016


Many sediment control logs fail because of poorly understood performance limits and improper installation. The overall goals of the proposed project are to define the performance limits by determining the flow and sediment removal characteristics of different type of logs and to improve installation by developing a flow-chart decision matrix tool for selecting the best log for a given construction situation. The results will be adaptable to diverse projects using sediment control logs including urban and rural projects and their use for perimeter control of stockpiles on pavement. The tools will consider the impact of drainage area, soil type, slope steepness, and ease of installation.

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