Construction-associated solids loads with a temporary sediment control BMP

Theodore G. Cleveland, Adebola Fashokun

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A highway construction site was monitored to determine the effectiveness of a temporary sediment control (rock-filter dam) that was part of the pollution prevention plan that protected storm water from leaving the site. Selected water quality parameters were monitored along with solids-specific parameters. The results were compared in a before-during-after approach and an upstream-downstream approach using a two-sample t test for differences in the mean values during the different construction phases or locations. Construction activity caused a six-fold increase in total solids leaving the construction site during construction, as compared to precon-struction values. Construction activity had an effect on the distribution of particles in a suspension leaving the construction site. The solids control device, a rock-filter dam, had an effect on the particle-size distribution of suspended particles, but - in upstream-downstream analysis - did not produce a significant difference in solids leaving the construction site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1122-1125
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2006


  • Best management practice
  • Construction industry
  • Sediment
  • Stormwater management
  • Water pollution
  • Water quality


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