Urban Sediment Problems: A Statement on Scope, Research, Legislation and Education

by Harold P. Guy, (M.ASCE), Chairman; United States Geological Survey, Reston, Va.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 4, Pg. 329-340

Document Type: Journal Paper


The present system of coping with accelerated erosion and sediment movement in areas of urban development tends towards application of a large array of control techniques, mostly borrowed from rural settings. But too little is known of their control effectiveness, or whether they represent the optimum treatment, or whether they are needed in the first place. A systematic method is needed for estimating sediment movement that can be coupled with a specifically designed set of controls to minimize the adverse effects of sediment movement. This should be done in a manner that would insure that the probable reduction in damages would exceed the cost of application of such control. The report examines the need for legislative, educational,and research activities to stimulate progress in solving the many different kinds of urban sediment problems.

Subject Headings: Sediment transport | Urban areas | Sediment | Legislation | Education | Erosion | Rural areas | Coupling

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