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Restoration of Surface Vegetation on Uranium Wastes At Uravan, Colorado.
Froisland-LJ; Placek-PL; Shirts-MB
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The Bureau of Mines conducted a 4-year research program at Uravan, Colorado, on a 2-1/2-acre reclamation plot on the slope of a uranium tailings pile that had been covered with mine waste rock. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of plant species, type of irrigation, type of fertilizers, and use of dust control chemicals on plant growth and surface coverage. Best grass coverage, nearly 100 percent with 240 plants per square foot, was developed in a section that was seeded with crested wheatgrass, fertilized with sewage sludge, and sprinkler irrigated. For comparison, a section that had been treated with commercial fertilizers developed 3.1 Crested wheatgrass plants per square foot and 24 percent coverage without irrigation, and 8 plants per square foot and 75 percent coverage with irrigation. Results of spraying a dust control chemical were inconclusive. Russian-Thistle invaded all test sections and ranged in density from 0.6 to 7.3 Plants per square foot.
IH; Report of Investigations
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