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This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 41 No. 3, p. 800-806
    Received: Aug 5, 2011

    * Corresponding author(s): fatih@mail.sdsu.edu


Evaluation of Best Management Practice Products in Preventing Discharge of Metals: A Laboratory Evaluation

  1. Fatih Büyüksönmez *,
  2. Li Yang and
  3. R. Edward Beighley
  1. Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State Univ., 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182. Assigned to Associate Editor Peter E. Holm


Heavy metal accumulation in soil poses serious environmental and health risks, as metals are carried with eroded soils. In this study, 17 different soil erosion and sediment control products were investigated for their effectiveness in controlling transport of particulate heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd). Among the treatments investigated, wood mulch and tackifiers were found to be the most effective in reducing total suspended solids (TSS) and total heavy metal losses. They reduced TSS to an undetectable level during short-term simulation tests. Paper mulch was the only treatment that had no significant reduction in both total metal loss and TSS. Fiber rolls, silt fences, and gravel bags were effective in reducing sediment loss. Although the netting/blanket treatments were not effective in reducing total metal discharge, they significantly reduced sediment loss compared with the control.

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