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Title: Salinity changes in Pontchartrain Basin Estuary resulting from Bonnet Carré freshwater diversion : numerical model investigation
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New Orleans District.
McAnally, William H.
Berger, Rutherford C.
Keywords: Bonnet Carré
Lake Pontchartrain
Numerical model
Mathematical models
Publisher: Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; CHL-97-2.
Description: Technical Report
Partial Abstract: Numerical model experiments were performed to predict salinity changes that will occur in the Lake Pontchartrain basin estuary, Louisiana and Mississippi, as a result of proposed Mississippi River freshwater diversions through the Bonnet Carré spillway near New Orleans. One purpose of the diversion is to reduce salinities in the Biloxi Marshes by 2 to 8 parts per thousand (ppt) in order to improve oyster productivity. A range of monthly salinities has been identified as the desired product of the project. Those salinities, called the Chatry salinities in this report, consist of a narrow band of "optimum" salinities and somewhat wider band of "range limits." A time-varying, three-dimensional numerical model of the estuary was constructed using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers TABS-MD modeling system. The modeled area included lakes Maurepas, Pontchartrain, and Borgne, Biloxi Marshes, and a portion of Chandeleur Sound plus connecting waterways of Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO), Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Chef Menteur, and The Rigolets. All major computed instantaneous water levels and current velocities and salinities in three spatial dimensions throughout the area modeled. The model was verified to satisfactory reproduce hydrodynamic behavior observed in the natural system in 1982 and 1994.
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