Predicting Reservoir Drawdown Flushing to Improve Reservoir Sustainability
A 2D sediment transport model will be used to study the effectiveness, timing, and the downstream impact of reservoir flushing. The research will develop and improve guidelines for drawdown flushing for Reclamation reservoirs.
Need and Benefit
Reservoir sedimentation is impacting all Reclamation (and other public and private) facilities as water storage and supply become increasingly threatened with the aging infrastructure. Drawdown flushing can be used to remove reservoir sediment in small gorge-shaped reservoirs and to extend the reservoir life span.
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