Sediment Problems Associated with Dam Removal, Muskegon River, Michigan

by Robert K. Simons, Simons & Associates, Inc, Fort Collins, United States,
Daryl B. Simons, Simons & Associates, Inc, Fort Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


This paper presents an analysis of sediment movement in Michigan's Muskegon River following the removal of Newaygo Dam. The analysis utilized a physical process simulation mathematical model capable of routing water and sediment. The model has the capability to show how sediment waves have moved and to predict how they will move in the future. It was applied to a reach between Bridgeton Bridge and a location 6.5 miles upstream of the Newaygo Dam site. The model was verified for the Muskegon River utilizing data collected in the field following removal of the dam. This paper is abstracted from a report prepared by Simons, Li and Associates (SLA) and it is acknowledged that Dr. R.M. Li, President of SLA, played an important role in the development of this study on dam removal.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Sediment transport | Dams | Mathematical models | Mathematics | Flood routing | Sediment | Bridges | Michigan | United States

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