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Sediment Concentrations from Intensively Prepared Wetland Sites

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Suspended sediment concentrations were measured in water draining from a 5,900-acre Carolina bay undergoing conversion to loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantations. Samples were collected during the first storm-flow event of each month between January 1981 and December 1982 from subwatersheds involved in some of several phases of conversion. Suspended sediment concentration in water leaving the bay averaged only 16 mg/1 for 13 storms. Road erosion and ditch installation produced the highest suspended sediment concentrations. Suspended sediment concentrations decreased substantially with increasing distance from the sediment source. Logging and site preparation activities did not cause an appreciable increase in suspended sediment when equipment did not operate in the drainage ditches.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant professors of forestry, the Belle W. Baruch Forest Science Institute, Clemson University, P.O. Box 596, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440

Publication date: 1984-08-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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