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Title: Environmental Effects of Sediment Release from Dams : Conceptual Model and Literature Review for the Kansas River Basin
Authors: Hernandez-Abrams, Darixa D.
Bailey, Susan E.
McKay, S. Kyle
Keywords: Sediment transport
River channels
Kansas River Watershed (Kan.)
Biotic communities
Dams
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Note (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/TN EMRRP-EI-6
Abstract: Passing sediment from reservoirs to downstream channels is a potential solution to aging infrastructure and reservoir storage capacity loss, which is a pressing challenge nationwide. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) sediment management actions at reservoirs such as flushing may drive ecological changes that may be beneficial or detrimental to downstream ecosystems. However, these potential effects are currently not well understood or documented. An exploratory study of the potential ecological effects of releasing sediment downstream from reservoirs is presented in this technical note (TN). We focus on Tuttle Creek Reservoir in Kansas and use fish species as indicators of ecological change. A literature review of Kansas fishes was conducted and three conceptual models illustrating potential benefits or negative effects of releasing sediment downstream of Tuttle Creek Reservoir was developed. Some fish species may benefit from sediment releases, while others may be negatively affected. Further research and tools are needed to develop a greater understanding of these effects.
Description: Technical Note
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/44880
http://dx.doi.org/10.21079/11681/44880
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