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Engineered Conservation Structures using Discarded Tires

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 29 March - 3 April 2008, Concepcion, Chile  701P0208cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.24300)
Authors:   Donald C Slack, Guillermo Garcia, Robert Roth, Stuart Hoenig, Rafael Segovia, Refugio Soto, Arturo Frayre
Keywords:   Erosion control structures, used tires, conservation structures

We have developed ways to utilize discarded tires for erosion control structures, bank stabilization and slope stabilization and erosion control in the form of engineered structures for each of these applications. This paper also describes and illustrates a channel erosion control structure made entirely from individual tires used to form side walls, wing walls and aprons for the structure. In this case the individual tires were bound together with nylon rope to form a flexible structure. This structure was built in a ephemeral wash (gully) on a local ranch near Tucson, AZ and has been in place for over ten years.

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