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Soil erosion from two small construction sites, Dane County, Wisconsin

Fact Sheet 109-00

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Abstract

Soil erosion from construction sites has long been identified as a significant source of sediment and other suspended solids in runoff in many parts of the United States (Hagman and others, 1980; Yorke and Herb, 1976: Becker and others, 1974). In some states, such as Wisconsin, sediment has been identified as the number one pollutant (by volume) of surface waters (Wisconsin Depart- ment of Natural Resources, 1994). Because numerous water-quality problems in streams are associated with excessive sedimentation, Federal and state regulations requiring erosion-control measures at construction sites larger than 5 acres have been developed and implemented from the 1970's to the present. During the 1990's, excessive erosion and sediment production associated with small residential and commercial sites of less than 5 acres has been increasingly recognized for its effects on streams not only erosion from individual sites but also erosion from discontinuous groups of sites within a stream basin.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Soil erosion from two small construction sites, Dane County, Wisconsin
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
109-00
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Wisconsin
County:
Dane
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N