Effectiveness of Erosion Control

by Byron N. Lord, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban Runoff Quality: Impact and Quality Enhancement Technology


Erosion control in the urban environment is addressed from the perspective of the mechanisms of erosion. The primary cause of erosion in urban areas is flowing water. Measures are identified to reduce the energy of falling rain and thereby reduce the soil displacement. Techniques and materials to hold soil particles in place are discussed as well as methods to reduce the volume and velocity of flow to reduce or prevent soil scour. The consequences of urban soil erosion are reviewed. Effectiveness is a function of local conditions, early and effective implementation of anti-scour preventive measures, and comprehensive stormwater management.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Particle velocity | Rainfall-runoff relationships | Stormwater management | Municipal water | Energy measurement | Rainfall | Local government

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