Sediment Production from Forest Roads with Wheel Ruts

by Randy B. Foltz, Intermountain Research Station, United States,
Edward R. Burroughs, Jr., Intermountain Research Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Planning and Analysis in Action


Artificial rainfall was applied to two sets of paired plots 30.5 m long by 1.52 m wide, each set on a different soil type. One plot in each set contained a wheel rut while the other did not. Measurements of water and sediment yield on rutted plots showed sediment production declined with cumulative runoff while unrutted plots did not show a significant sediment depletion. This difference was a result of concentrated flow versus sheet flow.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Highways and roads | Pavement rutting | Forests | Sheet flow | Runoff | Rainfall | Sheets

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