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Water balance covers for waste containment; principles and practice.


Water balance covers for waste containment; principles and practice.

Albright, William Henry et al.

Am. Society of Civil Engineers


146 pages




Traditionally, covers over landfills have sought to exclude precipitation, which could soak through and contaminate the underlying soil, but research is being conducted on water balance covers, which are designed to trap precipitate liquid in surface soil and allow it to drain away or evaporate later. Albright (hydrology, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada), Craig H. Benson (geological engineering, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) and W. Joseph Waugh (US Department of Energy's Environmental Sciences Laboratory in Grand Junction, Colorado) set out the basic principles behind selecting and designing the covers for engineers, designers, and regulators. Drawing heavily from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Alternative Cover Assessment Program, they emphasize topics related to the hydraulic performance of the covers, and do not discuss issues relating to landfill gas, slope stability, and erosion. Among their topics are concepts of flow and storage in different soils, ecology and revegetation of water balance covers, preliminary design, modeling, and lessons learned from the field. There is no index.

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Date:Dec 1, 2010
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