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Sediment inflow, outflow and deposition for Lakes Marion and Moultrie, South Carolina, October 1983-March 1985

Water-Resources Investigations Report 88-4160

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In 1941 a Coastal Plain reach of the Santee River was impounded to form Lake Marion and diverted into a diked-off part of the Cooper River basin to form Lake Moultrie. Rates of sediment inflow and outflow of the lakes were determined by the U.S. Geological Survey for the periods July 1966 - June 1968 and October 1983 - March 1985. Total sediment discharge was estimated for two inflow stations and continuous streamflow monitors and automatic suspended-sediment samplers were used for computation of suspended-sediment discharge. Bedload discharge was computed by the modified Einstein procedure. Suspended-sediment discharge was monitored at three outflow stations, with the suspended-sediment concentration measured on a weekly basis. During the 1983-1985 study, mean annual suspended-sediment inflow to Lakes Marion and Moultrie was estimated to be 722,000 tons, and the outflow was estimated at 175,000 tons, for a trap efficiency of 76% and a deposition rate of about 547,000 tons/year. This is about 33% less than the deposition rate determined during the 1966-68 study. The deposition rate for suspended and bedload sediment during the 1983 - 1985 study was about 650,000 tons/year. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Sediment inflow, outflow and deposition for Lakes Marion and Moultrie, South Carolina, October 1983-March 1985
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
88-4160
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1988
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iv, 49 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.