Characterization of Compost for Erosion and Sedimentation Control

This Research Task will determine the potential impacts of using organic composted material as an erosion and sediment control measure in or adjacent to wetland areas in Massachusetts and will help establish methods to measure the potential for release of nutrients (especially, those that can stimulate eutrophication), toxic organics and microbial agents from composted materials readily available to MassHighway. Laboratory testing will evaluate samples from suppliers representing the Massachusetts market for the composted material. Suppliers will include industries and municipalities. An anticipated outcome of this research will be recommendations for a set performance standards acceptable to both DEP, in terms of water quality, and to MassHighway, in terms of cost and constructability. With acceptable results and an approved testing process, the DEP would incorporate the technology in their Best Management Practices (BMP) manual for water quality, clearing the way for appropriate implementation and approval by Municipal Conservation Commissions.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $173133.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation

      Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza
      Boston, MA  United States  02116
    • Project Managers:

      Pepin, Stephen

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Massachusetts, Amherst

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      130 Natural Resources Road
      Amherst, MA  United States  01003
    • Principal Investigators:

      Reckhow, David

      Ho, Carlton

    • Start Date: 20050714
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20071230
    • Source Data: RiP Project 11236

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460659
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:29PM