State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012KS125B
Title: Impacts of In-channel Dredging on the Morphology of the Kansas River
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: KS-002
Focus Categories: Hydrology, Sediments
Keywords: dredge, channel incision, bank erosion, sediment
Principal Investigator: Daniels, Melinda Dawn
Federal Funds: $ 14,958
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 30,770
Abstract: Project goals and objectives:
The primary goal of this research is to evaluate the impacts of in-channel sediment dredging operations on the main stem of the Kansas River. Specific objectives are to: 1) directly measure dredge hole behavior over time and varying water discharges, 2) directly measure active bedload sediment transport in dredged and un-dredged reaches, and 3) model rates and spatial extents of channel incision and bank erosion that can be expected under various scenarios of dredge operations. The proposed work will contribute directly to the objectives outlined in the Kansas Water Plan as well as to the body of scientific knowledge regarding mining impacts in river systems.

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