Sediment Impediment to Boat Launching at Miller Park, City of Avon Lake, Ohio

by Clarence Watkins, MK Ferguson Co, Cleveland, United States,
Riyad AbuMaizar, MK Ferguson Co, Cleveland, United States,
S. Shirly Schluchter, MK Ferguson Co, Cleveland, United States,
Phillip H. De Groot, MK Ferguson Co, Cleveland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


In 1987 a boat launching facility was constructed at Miller Park, in the City of Avon Lake, Lorain County, Ohio (Figure 1). There have been problems with sediment buildup ever since it was opened. A preliminary investigation into the cause suggested two potential sources of the sediment: 1) Material being transported from the west and being forced by wave action through the permeable structure of the breakwater; and 2) material arriving from the east and entering the mouth of the basin area by littoral processes. The investigation considered the latter situation to be prevalent. The City suggested that a possible remedy would be to construct an imprevious jetty east of the park which would intercept littoral drift.

Subject Headings: Littoral drift | Coastal protection structures | Small craft | Sediment transport | Sediment | Water-based recreation | Urban areas | Ohio | United States

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