State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007KY94B
Title: Impacts of disturbance on streamflow and sediment yield in the Licking River basin
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: KY 5th
Focus Categories: Non Point Pollution, Sediments, Hydrology
Keywords: ice storm effects, timber harvest
Principal Investigator: McMichael, Christine E.
Federal Funds: $ 3,134
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 6,313
Abstract: Natural and human-induced disturbances modify streamflow and sedimentation regimes in forested watersheds. These modifications are an important concern for water resource managers, wildlife managers, government agencies and others since they have the potential to impact water supply, water quality, flooding, critical wildlife habitat, and food webs. These issues are particularly problematic in steep forested watersheds in eastern Kentucky, where flash flooding is a persistent danger and natural and human-induced land cover/land use changes (due to storms or timber harvesting) on slopes often increase sediment input to streams. The proposed study represents the first phase of a broader research agenda aimed at examining the effects of natural and human-induced disturbances in forested watersheds in Kentucky. The overall goal of this first phase is to further understand the impacts of the recent ice storm on streamflow and sediment yield in forested sub-basins of the Licking River Basin near Morehead, Kentucky ? an area which experienced particularly heavy storm damage. In addition, data collected during this study will be used to establish pre-logging (baseline) streamflow and sediment conditions in these sub-basins as a first step towards monitoring the impacts of future logging activities.

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