Bay sediment budget: Sediment accounting 101

Pulse of the Estuary 2005
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  • Comparison of a budget developed for 1955-1990 with a budget developed for 1995- 2002 showed decreasing sediment inflow and increased amounts leaving the Bay to upland disposal and sand mining, resulting in an increased rate of erosion of sediment from the Bay floor
  • Finding a way to shift disposal from the Ocean back to the Bay could provide sediment for restoration projects and decrease dredging costs
  • Increased erosion of the Bay is mobilizing legacy contaminants from the sediment bed
  • Restoration projects could increase erosion and mobilization of legacy contaminants
  • Sand mining, ignored in previous budgets, removes almost twice as much sediment from the Bay as dredging
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Bay sediment budget: Sediment accounting 101
Series title Pulse of the Estuary
Series number 2005
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher San Francisco Estuary Institute
Publisher location Oakland, CA
Contributing office(s) San Francisco Bay-Delta, Pacific Regional Director's Office
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Other Report
Larger Work Title 2005 Pulse of the estuary: Monitoring and managing water quality in the San Francisco Estuary
First page 58
Last page 63
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial San Francisco Bay
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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