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Vulnerable transportation and utility assets near actively migrating streams in Indiana

November 2, 2017

An investigation was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that found 1,132 transportation and utility assets in Indiana are vulnerable to fluvial erosion hazards due to close proximity to actively migrating streams. Locations of transportation assets (bridges, roadways, and railroad lines) and selected utility assets (high-capacity overhead power-transmission lines, underground pipelines, water treatment facilities, and in-channel dams) were determined using aerial imagery hosted by the Google Earth platform. Identified assets were aggregated by stream reach, county, and class. Accompanying the report is a polyline shapefile of the stream reaches documented by Robinson. The shapefile, derived from line work in the National Hydrography Dataset and attributed with channel migration rates, is released with complete Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata. The data presented in this report are intended to help stakeholders and others identify high-risk areas where transportation and utility assets may be threatened by fluvial erosion hazards thus warranting consideration for mitigation strategies.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Vulnerable transportation and utility assets near actively migrating streams in Indiana
DOI 10.3133/ds1068
Authors Benjamin J. Sperl
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Data Series
Series Number 1068
Index ID ds1068
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center