Solution or Source? A Field Assessment of Sediment Basins in Tama County, Iowa

Jaime C. Schussler, CPESC IT, EIT

Sediment basins are heralded by industry and research for effective sediment capture, but are they a solution or source for our sediment control concerns? Much like their varying design and implementation across the country (and the world, for that matter), sediment basins provide a wide range of sediment capture results. This poster will break down the field-observations and water quality findings of a monitoring effort in Tama County, Iowa, and unveil the next steps toward improved in-channel sediment basin performance!

Learning Objectives: 

  • Interpret field observations and water quality findings from monitoring project in Tama County, Iowa.
  • Assess current sediment basin design components and improvements.
  • Devise field monitoring and evaluation plans for on-site sediment basins.

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Jaime Schussler is a graduate research assistant at Auburn University under the advisement of Dr. Michael Perez. Before her doctoral studies, she completed her M.S. in civil, construction, and environmental engineering at Iowa State University and B.S. in civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on construction stormwater management with projects including field evaluations of erosion and sediment control practices during active highway construction on U.S. 30 in Tama County, IA, post-construction detention practices for the City of Clive, IA, and most currently, evaluation of in-channel sediment basins for the Iowa DOT. Jaime is an active member of the International Erosion Control Association and sits on the Standards and Practice Committee.