Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2013


In today’s world there has been a been a big push to make water that goes into streams and rivers as clean as possible, free of pollutants. Turbidity and soil are common contaminants in water bodies resulting from sediments carried off of construction projects in runoff caused by precipitation that doesn’t infiltrate the soil and flows over unprotected dirt areas. My goal is to do a literature review of a few products that are widely used in the construction industry and find out what makes them better than the other products in terms of longevity and price. The three products that I choose to investigate were straw or hay mulch, erosion matting (double net), and HydromulchTM. I tried to evaluate each product and give examples where each product would be best suited for the situation and where the other products might not work as good.