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Potential Carbon Sequestration of Roadside Vegetated Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs)

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

Citation:  2011 Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, 2011  1110551.(doi:10.13031/2013.40600)
Authors:   Natalie R Bouchard, William F Hunt, Trisha L Moore, Ryan J Winston
Keywords:   Carbon source/sink, soil carbon, stormwater, ecosystem services, grassland, highway, stormwater control measure (SCM), Best Management Practice (BMP)

Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) are understood to clean and treat runoff, but these systems may provide additional ecosystem benefits not currently quantified. The goal of this project is to determine carbon (C) sequestration potential of 3 common roadside SCMs -vegetated filter strips, swales and wet swales - within the piedmont and coastal plain eco-regions of North Carolina. For the purpose of this study, environmental effects influencing C dynamics are assumed to remain constant within a given eco-region.

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