State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007KY87B
Title: Effectiveness of improved skid trail ephemeral channel crossings
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: KY 6th
Focus Categories: Hydrology, Sediments, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: timber harvest, best management practices, stream crossings
Principal Investigator: Stringer, Jeffrey
Federal Funds: $ 4,91
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 20,014
Abstract: Timber harvesting is known to produce sediments from the skidding and hauling of timber. One of the primary concerns is the crossing of streams and channels. While research has shown the effectiveness of improved skid trail crossings of perennial streams, little is known regarding the crossing of ephemeral channels. Ephemeral channel crossings vastly outnumber perennial stream crossings in Kentucky. No research has been done to quantify sediment production levels of ephemeral channel crossings or to test the effectiveness of improved crossings. This research will evaluate the impact of ephemeral channel crossings on water quality.

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