Engineering Aspects of Wetland Design

by Donald F. Hayes, Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, United States,
Michael R. Palermo, Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


Successful wetland enhancement, restoration, or creation projects require integration of desired wetland functions, local hydrologic and soil conditions, and biological requirements into a constructable and cost effective design. This paper discusses classification of wetlands, briefly describes some common wetland functions, and discusses considerations for engineering design and planning. The relationship between wetland processes and functions are discussed along with the process of translating this relationship into a viable and successful wetland design.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Biological processes | Environmental issues | Ecological restoration | Hydrology | Soil properties | Constructability | Construction costs

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