Performance-Based Design & Installation Standard for Sediment Basins

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A Performance-Based Design and Installation Standard for Sediment Basins


Sediment basins detain sediment from stormwater runoff and are heralded by industry and research for effective sediment capture. Sediment basin design and implementation vary nationwide, therefore producing varying results. Proper design and implementation of sediment basins are critical and must consider site-specific factors such as project duration, drainage areas, precipitation patterns, and other site parameters. This presentation will describe a sediment basin design and installation standard and design guidance developed through a comprehensive literature review of current state agency guidance and performance-based research. Sediment basin design components, including hydrology and capacity, geometry and placement, inflow channels, velocity dissipation, dewatering, auxiliary spillways, erosion control, safety, and flocculants, will be covered during this presentation. Tune in to find solutions for sediment basin design!

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One (1) Professional Development Hour


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Jaime Schussler, M.S., CPESC-IT

Graduate Research Assistant

Auburn University

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. Jaime is also a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control in Training (CPESC-IT) and an Iowa Certified SWPPP Designer.

Michael Perez, Ph.D., CPESC

Assistant Professor at Auburn University

Dr. Michael Perez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University.  He has been working in the stormwater management area since 2012 through research and consulting projects with the Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ohio DOTs.  His expertise is in large-scale performance based testing, having designed and conducted experiments evaluating storm drain inlet protection, ditch checks, sediment basins, sediment barriers, rolled erosion control products, and surface skimmers at the Auburn University - Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility.  In addition, he has developed post-construction stormwater management design guidance and tools for the Georgia and Nebraska DOTs.  Dr. Perez has published over 20 journal articles and conference papers and has delivered dozens of technology transfer and continuing education seminars in the construction and post-construction stormwater management field.  He currently serves as the chair of the standards and practices committee for the International Erosion Control Association.  He is also a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and is an Iowa Certified SWPPP Designer and Inspector.

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