Research Needs Regarding Sediment and Urbanization

by Harold P. Guy,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 6, Pg. 247-254

Document Type: Journal Paper


Sediment derived from construction in areas of urban growth has profound impact on downstream channels and water resources. Such sediment pollution is usually much more dynamic and intense than sediment derived from rural areas. Research needs concerning urban derived sediment are similar to those already underway in rural areas; however, new emphasis must be given to exposed subsoils, to problems in existing stream channels, to pollution of existing and future water resources, and to more effective planning and phasing of construction. Some of the needed soils and stream channel research can be accomplished in laboratories, but much needs to be done on small areas at the construction sites. Although many urban research methods can be adapted from related rural programs, consideration must be given to the fact that the extent and location of the exposed subsoils in the drainage basin will change rapidly and that extremely high and variable sediment loads will be imposed upon the stream channels. Better planning and legal backing will make research findings more useful.

Subject Headings: Stream channels | Water resources | Rural areas | Water pollution | Sediment | Urban areas | Municipal water | Subsoils

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