Accession Number:

ADA028336

Title:

Feasibility of the Functional Use of Vegetation to Filter, Dewater, and Remove Contaminants from Dredged Material.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 73-Dec 74,

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS

Report Date:

1976-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

88.0

Abstract:

An assessment was made of the feasibility of using vegetation to filter, dewater, and remove contaminants from dredged material slurry in confined disposal sites. A summary was developed to provide a listing of plant species that might be propagated on disposal areas. It was concluded that the physical and chemical interactions of selected vegetation with dredged material slurry will improve the quality of discharge water from containment areas. Significant amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus could be removed from discharged waters by use of selected vegetation. The use of vegetation to remove large amounts of heavy metal contaminants from dredged material has limited feasibility. The intolerance of some plants to certain contaminants may preclude their usefulness in dredge material disposal operations. The use of selected vegetation of dewater and consolidate fine-textured dredged material is feasible. The presence of vegetation will improve the appearances of confined disposal areas. The practicality of establishing and using vegetation will depend on the planned future use of disposal areas or the dredged material contained therein.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE