Sediment pits or silt traps are strategically located, deepened areas designed to accumulate sediment. In ports, local deepening may affect the presence and location of mud layers and allow for more costeffective maintenance dredging efforts. In lakes, the additional sedimentation in the basins can increase the clarity of the surrounding water and improve overall habitat health. Valuable material (often sand) can be mined when constructing the sedimentation basin and accumulated fine sediment may be reused locally to provide a constant source of sediment.
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