State Water Resources Research Institute Program


Project ID: 2007KY95B
Title: Development and application of a new sediment fingerprinting methodology for the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: KY 6th
Focus Categories: Sediments, Methods, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: sediment source identification, soil tracers
Principal Investigator: Fox, James F.
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 10,089
Abstract: Suspended sediment derived from upland erosion in a watershed represents one of the predominant pollution sources impacting surface waters in the Kentucky River Basin. Severe problems can result from sedimentation within the Kentucky River Basin. These problems include increased turbidity and the addition of hazardous chemicals adsorbed onto eroded soil particles. The environmental impacts include degraded water quality, degraded aquatic ecosystem health, and an aesthetically displeasing river for recreational use. The overall objective of this project is to develop a succinct methodology for sediment fingerprinting applicable to sedimentation studies within the Kentucky River Basin. The developed methodology will not be site-specific; rather, a general fingerprinting methodology will be developed that can be utilized throughout Kentucky for the purpose of developing erosion control strategies. This methodology will initially be applied to a study completed within the Red River sub-watershed.

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