State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011MD248B
Title: The Effects of Mill Dams on Suspended Sediment Yield, Northern Baltimore County, Maryland (Graduate Fellowship)
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/29/2012
Congressional District: MD 3
Focus Categories: None
Principal Investigator: Brubaker, Kaye Lorraine (University of Maryland)
Federal Funds: $ 6,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 15,776
Abstract: Mill dams were once significant parts of the landscape and have resulted in the retention of eroded sediments. Most dams are breached and could be significant contributors of sediment to the Chesapeake Bay, as legacy sediment erosion takes place. This project will determine the relative impacts of legacy sediments and modern land use on the suspended sediment yield of watersheds 2-10km2 in area. Currently, I am collecting stream discharge and suspended sediment data for eight watersheds with at least one breached mill dam and eight that are apparently undammed. Funding from this grant will be used to purchase level loggers.

Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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