Salt Transport in a Tidal Canal, West Neck Creek, Virginia

by Jerad D. Bales, U.S. Geological Survey, Raleigh, United States,
Stanley C. Skrobialowski, U.S. Geological Survey, Raleigh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Flow and stability were monitored during 1989-92 in West Neck Creek, Virginia, which provides a direct hydraulic connection between the saline waters of Chesapeake Bay and the relatively fresh waters of Currituck Sound, North Carolina. Flow in the tidal creek was to the south 64 percent of the time, but 80 percent of the southward flows were less than 40 cubic feet per second. The highest flows were associated with rain storms. Salinity ranged from 0.1 parts per thousand to 24.5 per thousand, and the highest salinities were observed during periods of sustained, strong northerly winds. Salt loads ranged from 302 tons per day to the north to 4,500 tons per day to the south.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Tides | Rivers and streams | Canals | Hydraulics | Fresh water | Bays | Storms | Virginia | United States | North Carolina

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