Innovative Vegetation Practices for Construction Site Plant Establishment

Once a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) construction project is completed, the Stormwater Construction Permit holder must wait until the 70% ground cover (from baseline conditions) has been established in order to de-activate the permit. In the meantime, the project site must be monitored by best management practices (BMPs) and maintained by CDOT or the contractor. This study will provide a fresh and scientifically based review of the effectiveness or shortcomings of CDOT specifications, guidelines, processes, and contractor compliance for construction site revegetation. The emphasis will be to identify ways in which site stabilization can be accelerated, improved, and/or optimized using innovative techniques that take into account specific habitat conditions and the difficulties present in transportation construction and planning.