Engineering Aspects of Wetland Mitigation

by A. Mahendra Rodrigo, (M.ASCE),
Kenneth P. Dunne,
Lewis O. Morgan, (M.ASCE),
Rao Nivargikar, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Wetland mitigation demands a multi-disciplinary engineering approach, and a systematic collection, evaluation and analysis of data. The design of a constructed wetland addresses these demands in conjuction with the site-specific geologic and hydrologic conditions that meet the essential factors, such as a predictable hydrologic input, suitable substrate for biotic survival, engineered structures for inflow and oufflow of surface water and the overall site stability. This paper describes a conceptual design for wetland mitigation outlining the factors to be considered, their interaction and management, and performance monitoring of implemented designs. It also includes a brief discussion in regards to the use of innovative construction materials for effective wetland designs. Case histories will be presented documenting the effective use and applicability of the conceptual design described herein.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Mitigation and remediation | Computing in civil engineering | Systems engineering | Construction materials | Data analysis | Data collection | Hydrology

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