Sediment Entrapment by Stream Channel Vegetation

by Warren P. Clary, Intermountain Research Station, Boise, United States,
Steven R. Abt, Intermountain Research Station, Boise, United States,
Christopher I. Thornton, Intermountain Research Station, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


Degraded headwater streams are common in the mountainous West. They have experienced a variety of stresses from public and private uses and will require specific management consideration to recover during continued use. It is generally recognized that deposited sediments are required for the natural rebuilding of streambanks. This study evaluated the effects of vegetation lengths and other attributes in entrapping and retaining sediments on a simulated stream reach in the Hydraulics Laboratory at Colorado State University. Loading and flushing of sediments was a function of vegetation characteristics and stream discharge.

Subject Headings: Stream channels | Rivers and streams | Sediment | Vegetation | Laboratory tests | River bank stabilization | Mountains | Public private partnership

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