Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2020KS326B

Simulating the effects of reservoir management strategies on in-stream sediment load, streambank stability, and water quality.

Institute: Kansas
Year Established: 2020 Start Date: 2020-03-01 End Date: 2021-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $20,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $40,002

Principal Investigators: Tony Layzell

Abstract: The objective of the proposed work is to develop and demonstrate the importance of reservoir management on streambank stability and in-stream sediment loads using a model capable of simulating both surface water operations and streambank erosion. In addition, the implications of sediment loading from eroding streambanks on downstream water quality will be assessed. This objective will be met through: (1) further development of an existing reservoir management model to simulate streambank stability; (2) demonstration of this model through characterization of a reservoir- controlled basin in Kansas; and (3) collection and interpretation of water quality data. The goal is to show the importance of evaluating water management strategies on not only their ability to meet downstream water demands and reduce water shortages, but also their ability to restrict sediment loading, streambank erosion, and maintain water quality.