Sediment transport and deposition

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Sediment transport and deposition (sedimentation) occurs from natural and anthropogenic sources in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Substantial changes in sediment transport (such as a major increase or decrease in sediment supply) can impact aquatic ecosystems that depend on a particular sediment quantity and particle size, for example, through altering stream-channel geomorphology or fish habitat. For human communities that rely on surface water resources, sedimentation can impact water supply and quality. Sedimentation in reservoirs affects water supply by reducing the reservoir volume available to store water. Sediment, as well as the nutrients and chemicals adsorbed in sediment, can serve as pollutants that decrease water quality and make water treatment necessary and costly.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Sediment transport and deposition
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher State of California
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype State or Local Government Series
Larger Work Title Central Coast Summary Report. California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment
First page 31
Last page 33
Country United States
State California
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