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River turbidity and sediment loads during dam removal

November 5, 2012

Dam decommissioning has become an important means for removing unsafe or obsolete dams and for restoring natural fluvial processes, including discharge regimes, sediment transport, and ecosystem connectivity [Doyle et al., 2003]. The largest dam-removal project in history began in September 2011 on the Elwha River of Washington State (Figure 1a). The project, which aims to restore the river ecosystem and increase imperiled salmon populations that once thrived there, provides a unique opportunity to better understand the implications of large-scale river restoration.

Publication Year 2012
Title River turbidity and sediment loads during dam removal
DOI 10.1029/2012EO430002
Authors Jonathan A. Warrick, Jeffrey J. Duda, Christopher S. Magirl, Chris A. Curran
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Index ID 70100646
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center; Washington Water Science Center