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

December 1, 2000

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.

Publication Year 2000
Title Soil erosion from two small construction sites, Dane County, Wisconsin
DOI 10.3133/fs10900
Authors David W. Owens, Peter Jopke, David W. Hall, Jeremy Balousek, Aicardo Roa
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 109-00
Index ID fs10900
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wisconsin Water Science Center