Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Manual for Maintenance of Dirt and Gravel Roads

US EPA provided a grant to Pennsylvania State University to help create this document for a general audience interested in integrating environmental concerns into their unpaved roads program. Specifically, the manual identifies, documents, and encourages the use of environmentally sensitive maintenance of dirt and gravel roads. The document provides insight into using natural systems and innovative technologies to reduce erosion, sediment, and dust pollution while more effectively and efficiently maintaining dirt and gravel roads and gives the users a "tool box" full of environmentally sensitive maintenance "tools" and practices. Dirt and gravel roads are increasingly being recognized as having a significant impact on water resources. "Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance for Dirt and Gravel Roads" is a 300-page manual which identifies, documents, and encourages the use of environmentally sensitive maintenance of dirt and gravel roads.

An electronic version of the document can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/sensitive/sensitive.html . Printed copies of the manual can be obtained from Chris Solloway, US EPA, Office of Water. Email: solloway.chris@epa.gov.

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