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Effects of Limestone Gravel on Selected Chemical Properties of Road Runoff and Streamflow

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Limestone gravel applied to two logging roads built in acidic soil on the Fernow Experimental Forest significantly increased the concentration of calcium as well as the levels of alkalinity, specific conductance, and pH of road runoff water. However, a heavy gravel application to 5 km of road adjacent to a naturally acidic stream near Thomas, West Virginia, caused insignificant changes in the chemical characteristics of that stream. The application of these results to the practical problem of decreasing stream acidity is discussed. North. J. Appl. For. 4:23-25, March 1987.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Timber and Watershed Laboratory, Box 404, Parsons, WV 26287

Publication date: 1987-03-01

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