Sedimentation Effects of Hydroelectric Development

by Jack F. Rasmussen, Chf.; Planning Branch, U.S. Army Engr. Dist., St. Louis, MO,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 2, Pg. 313-321

Document Type: Journal Paper


Hydrogeneration development studies must investigate all aspects of surrounding regimens. In the case of the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina, federal expenditure of about $3,000,000 annually for maintenance dredging largely due to a density current regimen, was set up as a result of upstream hydroelectric development. Solution to the problem entails rediversion of a major river and the subsequent readjustment to past regimen patterns. The planner-designer in the hydrodevelopment field must be constantly aware of the disturbance to the ecosystem that such development might entail.

Subject Headings: Density currents | Sediment | Hydro power | Rivers and streams | Field tests | Hydrogen | Case studies | Ports and harbors | South Carolina | United States

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