What Works the Best?

Presenter: Richard A. Mclaughlin, PhD

Which is the best practice to use for erosion, sediment, or turbidity control? Let's see what the testing results suggest! Over the last 20 years we've looked at just about every aspect of these practices and the results will be reviewed after the audience votes on which is best. It will be a fast-paced hour with lots of opportunity to discuss and debate. Weapons will need to be checked at the door.

Learning Objectives: 
  • The learner will understand the concepts of rigorous, replicated testing of practices.
  • The learner will be knowledgeable about a wide variety of erosion, sediment, and turbidity control practices that may work for them.
  • The learner will be better prepared to ask relevant questions about product and practice performance..

Presented by Richard A. Mclaughlin, PhD – Professor and Extension Specialist, Crop and Soil Sciences North Carolina State

Dr. Richard A. McLaughlin is in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at North Carolina State University where he has 27 years of experience in research and education on all aspects of erosion, sediment, and turbidity control on constructions sites. He developed the Sediment and Erosion Control Research and Education Facility over 20 years ago where research has been conducted in all three areas with rapid transfer of that information through workshops and hands-on demonstrations there and throughout the country. His research has led to the adoption of numerous innovations which have been adopted in many states to increase sediment capture efficiency. He was co-developer of the now-required Construction Site Stormwater Control Certification program with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with roughly 2,000 trained annually. More recently, he has collaborated with colleagues to develop methods to economically remediate construction site soils. He was the recipient of the 2010 Training Program Award and the 2020 Environmental Excellence Award from the International Erosion Control Association and the 2010 Applied Research Award from the Soil Science Society of America.