Sediment Survey of Lake Powell

by Ronald Ferrari, US Bureau of Reclamation, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Soil Properties Evaluation from Centrifugal Models and Field Performance


The 1986 Lake Powell Sediment Survey documented the present storage-elevation relationship and loss of storage from sediment accumulation since the reservoir began filling. From the calculated siltation rate, questions can be answered about the reservoir filling with sediment in a short time. Knowing the capacity of the reservoir and where siltation is occurring will aid in the planning for recreation, power production, and water supplies.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Water storage | Lakes | Reservoirs | Silt | Water-based recreation | Hydro power | Water resources

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