Martins Fork Reservoir Sedimentation Study

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by William D. Martin, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering:

Abstract: The Martins Fork Reservoir is located on Martins Fork of the Cumberland River in Harlan County, Kentucky. The lake was impounded in December, 1978. Since closure, the lake has experienced an infill rate approximately four times the design rate. This study was initiated in 1987 to evaluate the increased infill rate. The computer model HL-1, 'Sedimentation in Stream Networks,' authored by W.A. Thomas of the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station Hydraulics Laboratory, was utilized to evaluate several future scenarios. These ranged from 'do nothing' to analyzing the effects of increased strip mining in the basin. This paper summarizes the study method and results.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Reservoirs | Lakes | Rivers and streams | Computer analysis | Computer models | Computer networks | Water storage | North America | Kentucky | United States

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