Impacts of Organic Soil Amendments on Runoff and Soil Erosion under Natural Rainfall Conditions, Preliminary Results
Risse, L. Mark
MetadataShow full item record
Organic amendments such as composts and mulches have been shown to improve soil quality and reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff and soil erosion Previous studies using rainfall simulators have documented that runoff volumes and soil erosion can be significantly reduced when organic materials are added to the soil profile. The objectives of this study are to measure the changes in runoff and soil erosion under natural rainfall conditions in Georgia over a five year period and to determine the changes in soil carbon levels over time. Results from such measurements could be used to improve prediction technologies such as the curve number method and RUSLE type erosion models that engineers and designers use to account for soil erosion during construction as well as long term stormwater management.