Use of Compost to Establish Permanent Vegetation

Field trials will be conducted to evaluate how well compost enriched topsoil and 100% compost blankets perform to establish vegetation, to control erosion on slopes, and how well the vegetated slopes resist erosion over the long term. Test sites, each with five different treatments with replicated plots, will be established on slopes and monitored for up to two years to evaluate the effectiveness of each treatment for: (1) How rapidly vegetation reaches 95% cover at the field sites; (2) How well vegetation performs in the long-term timeframe (24 months) when subjected to typical roadside environmental factors (reliance on rainfall, no additional inputs of fertilizer or lime); and (3) How well each treatment resists the erosive effects of rainfall and stormwater runoff.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $313,744 for two phases.
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Maryland Department of Transportation

      State Highway Administration, 707 N Calvert Street
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
    • Project Managers:

      Xiang, Hua

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Maryland, College Park

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      College Park, MD  United States  20742
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ahmet, H. Aydilek

    • Start Date: 20160315
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200430
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01618824
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maryland State Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: SP609B4C, SP709B4P
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 16 2016 1:08PM