Document Type



Summer 2022

Academic Department


Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. David Bowne


During the colonial era, numerous mills and dams were built in Pennsylvania. This and other intensive land uses led to sediment eroding from upstream and burying wetlands. The accumulated sediment is known as legacy sediment1.

There has been a significant loss of wetlands throughout the centuries, with many of them in the Piedmont region being buried under thick layers of legacy sediment as shown in Figure 1 below2.

The removal of legacy sediment is a new technique used to restore wetlands, mainly with the intent being to improve water quality3. However, a restored wetland as shown by Figure 1 may also have numerous benefits on the biodiversity within the area.

GOAL: To evaluate the effects of floodplain wetland restoration on the biodiversity.


Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Project (SCARP)



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