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Sediment transport and deposition

September 1, 2018

Sediment transport and deposition (sedimentation) occurs from natural and anthropogenic sources in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Substantial changes in sediment transport (such as a major increase or decrease in sediment supply) can impact aquatic ecosystems that depend on a particular sediment quantity and particle size, for example, through altering stream-channel geomorphology or fish habitat. For human communities that rely on surface water resources, sedimentation can impact water supply and quality. Sedimentation in reservoirs affects water supply by reducing the reservoir volume available to store water. Sediment, as well as the nutrients and chemicals adsorbed in sediment, can serve as pollutants that decrease water quality and make water treatment necessary and costly.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Sediment transport and deposition
Authors Joel B. Sankey, Amy E. East, Jason R. Kreitler, Christina (Naomi) Tague
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70199092
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center