Plummer, Jeanine D.
Panama City, Panama
Autoridad del Canal de Panamá
This project evaluated best management practices (BMPs) installed for temporary and permanent soil erosion control in the Pacific sector of the Panama Canal Expansion program. Erosion data were collected at six sites along the canal expansion area and included site assessments and erosion rate measures (erosion bridges, stormwater runoff sampling and RUSLE soil loss estimates). Results showed the sites with hydroseeding had less soil erosion than the sites with silt fences or without BMPs. Additional research showed the benefit of multiple BMPs used in conjunction. The recommended design for the Panama Canal Expansion program is terracing with a slope angle not exceeding 25%, hydroseeding, and silt fencing at the top of each terraced section.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering