Stream Rehabilitation in a Disturbed Industrial Watershed
Ferguson, Bruce K.
Gonnsen, P. Rexford
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Since 1988, a 140 acre industrial watershed in Athens, Georgia has been treated with an unusual combination of stormwater and sediment controls. The site had a prior history of sedimentation, channelization, and altered hydrologic regime. Rehabilitation design was aimed at capturing mobile sediment, stabilizing stream channels, suppressing peak storm flows, augmenting base flows, and establishing wetlands. This multipurpose approach, and some aspects of the specific features developed to implement it, were not foreseen in the state's erosion and sediment control manual (State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, 1978). This paper reports the results of the project through the present date. As described below, the objectives have been substantially realized.