State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008KY110B
Title: A comparison of methods for measuring suspended sediment and discharge in wadeable streams
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: KY Fifth
Focus Categories: Methods, Hydrology, Sediments
Keywords: sediment load, discharge measurement, monitoring activities
Principal Investigators: McMichael, Christine E.; Reid, Steven
Federal Funds: $ 3,899
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 8,298
Abstract: In order to optimize future planned assessment and monitoring activities in the Triplett Creek watershed, a better understanding of the relationships between manually- and automatically-collected water quality and quantity data is needed. The objective of this project is to collect and compare suspended sediment and discharge data obtained using a Teledyne portable autosampler, EPA-based methods, and USGS-based methods. This information will be used by researchers to quantitatively compare the accuracy and reliability of data obtained using these three approaches in the targeted waterways.

Autosampler-based data collection and field-based measurements of suspended sediment and discharge will be conducted simultaneously, at the same site, during flow events of different magnitudes. During the study period a minimum of six events will be sampled for a period of six hours each at representative locations in the targeted waterways. Results of this study will help researchers to calibrate data obtained via autosamplers by directly comparing these data to those simultaneously collected using cross-channel manual methods.

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