Skip to main content

Vegetated Waterways

Location: Stillwater, OK, USA
Date: 1935

Design Concepts For Vegetated Waterways - Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering Rainfall runoff causes severe gully erosion on unprotected lands and has ruined thousands of U S acres in the past. Concepts were developed at this site for vegetation-lined waterways that now safely convey runoff water from millions of acres.Engineers of the US Soil Conservation Service (SCS) initiated studies on hydraulics of vegetated waterways at an outdoor laboratory near Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1935. Under the directions of W. O. Ree, this laboratory was transferred to Lake Carl Blackwell near Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1940.

These studies produced design procedures for over 500,000 miles of waterways designed and constructed by the SCS. The importance of this work can be seen in the extensive use of vegetated waterways on farms, adjoining highways, and in other areas. Dedicated by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers 1990

Era: 1940-1949
Innovation designated by:
Vegetated Waterways
Courtesy The Geograph project/Hugh Venables (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Agricultural Hall, Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK, USA

We hope you enjoyed this essay.

Please support America's only magazine of the history of engineering and innovation, and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to Invention & Technology.


Stay informed - subscribe to our newsletter.
The subscriber's email address.