Project Clarity is a local organization whose mission is to remediate the water quality issues of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa watershed. One of the ways Project Clarity does this is by working with farms located within the watershed to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients that flow from the agricultural fields into the drainage system.
Working with the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC), we completed preliminary studies on several agricultural properties in the watershed to determine their suitability for the installation of water quality measures to reduce sediment in runoff. We explored Water and Sediment Control Basins (WASCOBs)*, grass waterways, two-stage ditches, and other water-quality Best Management Practices (BMPs). We then prepared an engineered design for the construction of the selected BMP for each site.
*A WASCOB traps runoff near the source. The sediments and nutrients contained in the runoff settle in the basin over time, rather than being washed downstream. The basin and outlet must be sized to contain the expected runoff and hold it long enough for settling to occur, but not so long as to cause damage to crops.
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, MAAC
Allegan County, Michigan
Site Feasibility Studies
Total hours worked: 137 Hours
Total miles driven: 267 Miles
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