British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Soil bioengineering for control of soil erosion in a re-constructed waterway on an Alberta oil sands overburden dump Raymond, Pierre


In 2003 a waterway swale was retrofitted into an Alberta oil sands overburden dump. In spring 2004, Terra Erosion Control Limited was retained to develop and implement an erosion control prescription using a soil bioengineering approach. Repair and maintenance work were carried out in 2005 and 2006. The site was monitored in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, results demonstrated that the use of contour fascines type structures were more efficient at dispersing intermittent water flow than brush sills. Overall the work was considered to be successful in preventing accelerated gully formation in the swale, as well as creating wildlife habitat.

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