State Water Resources Research Institute Program


Project ID: 2009KS71B
Title: Sediment Baseline Assessment
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 1/01/2009
End Date: 1/01/2010
Congressional District: 2nd
Focus Categories: Sediments, Water Quality
Keywords: Sediment, Assessment, Sediment Load, Reservoir Sedimentation, Banner Creek Lake
Principal Investigator: Devlin, Dan; Boyer, Will; Emmert, Brock; McEnroe, Bruce; Young, C.
Federal Funds: $ 90,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 199,577
Abstract: The sediment baseline research plan is a comparative watershed study. Seven characteristics in each of the study watersheds will be compared and contrasted to determine 1) process/setting/sources of sediment, 2) potential management measures to reduce sediment movement and transport and 3) a monitoring method to measure management impact effectiveness. The study watersheds were selected based upon availability of existing information from previous research efforts in the candidate watersheds and presumed large differences in the range of sediment loads between them. Each study watershed is of comparative size and located within the same ecoregion in Kansas. The seven watershed characteristics for assessment are: geomorphology, hydrology, geology/soils, riparian condition, land use, and biology and chemistry of the streams and reservoirs. The characterization of each of the study watersheds is intended to relate these characteristics to the sediment loads in each watershed. Ultimately, the management goal is to change the characteristics in watersheds with larger sediment loads to something that emulates the characteristics in watersheds with smaller sediment loads and use the monitoring to determine the management practice effectiveness toward that reduction.

Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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