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Title: Evaluation of cedar tree revetments for bank stabilization at the Locust Creek Conservation Area, Missouri : quantifying bank erosion volumes from preproject to postfailure
Authors: Shelley, John E.
Haring, Christopher P.
Chrisman, Nathan J.
Keywords: Embankments--Erosion
Locust Creek (Iowa and Mo.)
Plants--Soil stabilization
Sediment transport
Soil stabilization
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CHL TR-22-22
Abstract: The US Army Corps of Engineers Regional Sediment Management (RSM) program funded research to assess the longevity and effectiveness of cedar tree revetments for sediment reduction. Between 1988 and 1997, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) constructed multiple cedar tree revetments, plantings, and a grade-control structure at an experimental stream management area on Locust Creek within the Locust Creek Conservation Area (LCCA). For the first few years, MDC also replaced missing trees as needed. MDC monitored these sites with photographs and cross sections until 2004. This study evaluated bank stability on Locust Creek from 1970 to 2019 using aerial imagery, lidar, ground surveys, and a December 2019 site visit to estimate the areal change in streambanks and the volume of sediment eroded over the years. Based on their dates of construction, the project compared preproject, with-project, and postfailure conditions at each site. The project included cedar tree revetments, other hardwood revetments, plantings, and a grade-control structure. This research found a 50% to 64% reduction in erosion for approximately 14 years. As of December 2019, all tree revetments had failed, and banks were bare and steep. The grade-control structure remained intact and continued to stabilize bed and banks immediately upstream.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CHL TR-22-22
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 40 pages / 7.85 MB
Types of Materials: PDF
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