Measuring Resuspension of Sediment by Barge Tows

by J. Rodger Adams, Illinois State Water Survey, United States,
Nani G. Bhowmik, Illinois State Water Survey, United States,
Edward Delisio, Illinois State Water Survey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sediment Transport Modeling


An earlier effort to measure resuspension of sediment relied on U.S. standard depth-integrating sediment samplers. In designing a new effort to collect field data on resuspension, the advantage of obtaining samples at several points in a single vertical over the depth-integrated sampling procedure was recognized. The field installation includes ISCO pump samplers with intakes mounted at several distances above the river bed. Background samples are collected every hour. Vessel passage events trigger an intensive period of sample collection. Typical data are presented and discussed for a straight reach on the Illinois River during low flow in the fall of 1988.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Barges | Water intakes | Sediment transport | River and stream beds | Suspended sediment | Field tests | High-rise buildings | Illinois | United States

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