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Basic Principles for Proper Installation of Corrugated Steel Drainage Structures (DR339)
NCSPA (20 minutes)
Covers the basics of corrugated steel pipe types and installation. Includes excavation,preparation, handling, assembly, and backfilling.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, crews, and engineers.

Cleaning of Lined Ditches, Culverts, and Catch Basins© (DR022)
FHWA/IRF (16 minutes)
Demonstrates proper procedures for manual cleaning of lined ditches, culverts, and catch basins. Shows how to schedule cleaning work.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials and foremen.

Developing Partnerships for the Control of Sediment Runoff from Rural Roads, Looking for Answers (DR320)
Boquet River Association, Inc., Essex County Government Center (24 minutes)
The Boquet River Association (BRASS) worked with rural highway departments in three New York State watersheds on projects to reduce sediment runoff into streams and lakes. This video addresses runoff issues and the economic and environmental need for controls.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, planners, municipal boards, and those interested in controlling sediment runoff.

Drainage Pipe Installation (DR272)
Pennsylvania DOT (18 minutes)
Gives road crews a general description of how to install small culvert pipes.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews with limited pipe installation experience.

Ground Control: Stormwater Pollution Prevention for Construction Sites© (DR424)
The Training Network (14 minutes)
BMP’s (Best Management Practices): the structures, devices and practices at construction sites that prevent or control pollution of stormwater runoff. The video describes BMP’s,explains why they are present, how they function, what kinds of problems can interfere with their function, and what an employee should do if they observe a problem. Focus is on the most common BMP’s: silt fence, track pads, drain inlet protection devices, hay bales, etc. It also describes how BMP’s can fail, and the indications that a BMP is not working properly.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, crews.

Highway Runoff Water Quality (DR024)
Washington State DOT (33 minutes)
Describes a research study performed on the effects of runoff from highways on the quality of water bodies receiving the drainage.
Suggested audience: engineers and road construction crews.

Importance of Road Drainage, The (DR291)
LTAP/FHWA (19 minutes)
Gives basic information on drainage including the need for drainage, maintenance,inspection, and some legal issues.
Suggested audience: highway, public works, and municipal officials and crews.

Introduction to Modern Sewer Design (DR338)
NCSPA (23 minutes)
This video covers the basics of storm sewer design with regard to corrugated steel pipe. It includes a quick overview of products, planning, hydrology, hydraulics, management, design,durability, economics, construction and maintenance.
Suggested audience: engineers.

Looking for Answers - Developing Partnerships for the Control of Sediment Runoff from Rural Roads (DR442)
Boquet River Association & Essex County (24 minutes)
Highway superintendents, agency personnel, elected officials, engineers, environmental groups and citizens discuss the problems and impact of sediment runoff from rural roads.
Suggested audience: superintendents, municipal officials, planners.

Manufacturing of Quality Corrugated Steel Pipe and Structural Plate, The (DR362)
NCSPA (18 minutes)
An overview of the process for manufacturing steel corrugated pipe and plates, and the types of corrugated steel pipe available.
Suggested audience: county highway superintendents and engineers.

Mechanical Cleaning of Unlined Ditches© (DR025)
FHWA/IRF (20 minutes)
Mechanical cleaning procedures with a motor grader and excavator.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews.

Soil Erosion & Sediment Control© (DR201)
American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994 (29 minutes)
Types of erosion and methods of temporary and permanent erosion: retention ponds,detention basins, soil treatment, and vegetation, as well as biodegradable and natural treatments.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews.

Storm Management Summit Training / Storm Water Management (DR417)
Washington State Department of Transportation (11 minutes)
What storm water is, how it gets polluted and what the effects of this pollution are. Includes a review of best management practices (BMP’s).
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, engineers, municipal officials.


RURAL ROADS ACTIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (RRAMP) For the municipalities located in the Lake Champlain Watershed of
New York

A Best Management Practices (BMP) publication of the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York (CWICNY)
Library request form

A Guide on Soil and Water Management for Local Officials
Source: USDA Soil Conservation Service
Keywords: Drainage, Environment, Erosion, Soil and Water

Design and Implementation of Erosion and Sediment Control: Participant Workbook & Reference Manual
Keywords: Drainage, Design, Erosion, Sediment Control

Drainage of Surface Waters
Source: Darrell Harp (CLRP)
Keywords: Drainage, Legal, Surface Water

Erosion and Sediment Control Practices for Forest Roads and Stream Crossings
ISSN 1493-3381
Source: FPInnovations-Feric Division
Keywords: Drainage, Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Sediment Control

Erosion Control Treatment Selection Guide
0677 1203-SDTDC
Source: USDA Forest Service (San Dimas)
Keywords: Drainage, Erosion, Environment, Geotextiles, Maintenance

Evaluation and Management of Highway Runoff Water Quality
Keywords: Drainage, Environment, Erosion, Runoff

Keywords: Drainage, Design, Engineering Circular, Hydrology, Storm

Longitudinal Edge Drains in Rigid Pavement Systems
Keywords: Drainage, Concrete Pavement, Drainage, PCC, Subsurface, Underdrain

Maintenance of Drainage Features for Safety
Keywords: Drainage, Maintenance, Safety

NACE Action Guide III-5: Stormwater Management & Drainage
Source: NACE
Keywords: Culverts, Drainage, Surface Water

NACE Action Guide III-8: Soil Erosion and Water Pollution Prevention
Source: NACE
Keywords: Environment, Erosion, Pollution, Surface Water

New York Guidelines for Urban Erosion and Sediment Control
Source: Soil and Water Conservation Society of NYS
Keywords: Design, Erosion, Maintenance, Runoff

Summary of New York State Drainage Law
Info Bulletin #195
Source: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Keywords: Drainage, Legal

Use of Riprap for Bank Protection
Hydraulic Engineering Circular #11
Keywords: Drainage, Erosion, Slopes

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