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Chirp sub-bottom data collected in 2019 in Whiskeytown Lake, California during USGS field activity 2018-686-FA

June 9, 2021

High-resolution chirp sub-bottom data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in May of 2019 in Whiskeytown Lake, California using an Edgetech SB-512i sub-bottom profiler. These data were collected to measure possible debris flows into the lake during the 2018-2019 rainy season following the July-August 2018 Carr fire that burned vegetation around the entire lake. Post-fire hillslope sediment yields are commonly substantially greater than pre-fire yields, but the degree to which they increase can vary substantially. Effects of wildfire on sediment yield have important implications for hazards (debris-flow risk), ecosystem disturbance and recovery, and downstream water resources (storage capacity in lakes, as well as water quality). These data were collected in association with bathymetric and topographic data collected in and around Whiskeytown Lake, available at,