Water Sediments and Particulates in natural water normally consists of erosion silts and organic matter – plankton.
The term “erosion silts” represents the loose sedimentary material, rock particles, mud, or clay in water.
The term “organic matter – plankton” represents the particulate matter derived from the breakdown of organisms or detritus in water.
Sediment is the loose sand, clay, silt and other. soil particles that settle at the bottom of a body of water. Sediment can come from soil erosion or from the decomposition of plants and animals. Wind, water and ice help carry these particles to rivers, lakes and streams.
Sediment pollution is the single most common source of pollution in U.S. waters. Approximately 30% is caused by natural erosion, and the remaining 70% is caused by human activity. Construction activity is the most common source of sediment pollution.
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