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Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course provides general guidelines and practices to manage stormwater and erosion and sediment control (ESC) at construction sites and urban areas. The methods and techniques discussed cover surface stabilization, runoff and sediment control, and stormwater protection management. The goal is to reduce erosion and runoff of sediments and pollutants onto downslope land and streams or lakes. Groundwater and surface water can convey contaminants such as volatiles, soluble organics, corrosive acids, and alkalis. The student will better understand the application of diversion methods such as ditches, berms, down pipes, flumes, terraces and benches, and sediment and detention basins. Practices for surface stabilization are discussed and include synthetic membranes, vegetation, land grading, and soil bioengineering for slope protection.

Basic guidance in the selection of the most appropriate practice to use and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. A diagram displaying a matrix for guidance in selecting erosion and sediment control practices in developing areas is presented. Remedial actions and activities performed at construction sites must comply with federal, state, and local regulations in order to protect public health, the environment, and water quality.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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