Suspended Sediment Monitoring Techniques: An Investigation Coincident with the Cherry Creek Reservoir Annual Flush

Project ID: 1893
Principal Investigator: Daniel Dombroski
Research Topic: Sediment Management and River Restoration
Funded Fiscal Years: 2018
Keywords: None

Research Question

Do modern sediment monitoring techniques using acoustic and optical methods offer feasible and cost-effective solutions to meeting Reclamation's needs in addressing sediment management issues in reservoirs and rivers? Can continuous approaches to monitoring sediment through surrogate methods provide the resolution and depth of data to guide reservoir flushing excersizes and inform computational models with implications to reservoir sustainability?

Need and Benefit

Sedimentation is one of the most significant problems facing rivers and reservoirs today; it is responsible for loss of conveyance, reduced flood protection, reduced power generation capacity, and ecosystem degradation. Fundamentally, the issue of reservoir sustainability is a matter of managing sedimentation. Understanding the sedimentation process and how to manage it requires the ability to accurately predict, control, and monitor sediment transport.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Suspended Sediment Monitoring Techniques: An Investigation Coincident with the Cherry Creek Reservoir Annual Flush (final, PDF, 2.1MB)
By Daniel Dombroski
Research Product completed on September 30, 2018

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.


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