Protecting the Environment During Construction

by Enno Koehn, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Construction Engrg. and Management; Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Ind.,
James A. Rispoli, (M.ASCE), Lieutenant Commander; Civ. Engr. Corps., U.S. Navy, Northern Div., Naval Facilities Engrg. Command, Philadelphia, Pa.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 2, Pg. 233-246

Document Type: Journal Paper


Present practice appears to indicate that nonpoint source pollution will be controlled most effectively by a combination of fitting the development to the particular site, reducing, if possible, the grading and exposure of bare soils, and by applying control measures at the proper times. Methods to reduce the amount of erosion and the resulting pollution due to the transportation of sediments are presented and an expression designed to measure soil loss is outlined. Examples and construction cases are presented. The importance of air quality and control of miscellaneous wastes such as pesticides and fertilizers is emphasized. The control of storm water during construction and the life of the facilities being built is also discussed.

Subject Headings: Soil pollution | Construction management | Nonpoint pollution | Air quality | Stormwater management | Sediment transport | Soil loss | Case studies

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