Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Center

Panama City, Panama

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2012

Major

Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Center

Panama City, Panama

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