Cross-section channel profiles, sediment transport and hydrologic data have been observed and computed for a series of pre-dam and post-dam investigations from 1970 to 1975 at 37 cross sections established along a 59-mile study reach from Cochiti Dam to Isleta Diversion Dam, New Mexico. Cochiti Dam began impounding water in November 1973. Because the dam will trap virtually all of the sediment load originating upstream and water discharge will be controlled, it is expected that equilibrium values of channel width, depth, slope and sediment-transport capability in the existing main stem of the Rio Grande will change. Changes in cross sections with time and space and changes in size distribution of sediments are documented. (Woodard-USGS).
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Hydrologic data on channel adjustments, 1970 to 1975, on the Rio Grande downstream from Cochiti Dam, New Mexico before and after closure