Estimating suspended sediment using acoustics in a fine-grained riverine system, Kickapoo Creek at Bloomington, Illinois

Open-File Report 2016-1117
Prepared in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project
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Abstract

Acoustic technologies have the potential to be used as a surrogate for measuring suspended-sediment concentration (SSC). This potential was examined in a fine-grained (97-100 percent fines) riverine system in central Illinois by way of installation of an acoustic instrument. Acoustic data were collected continuously over the span of 5.5 years. Acoustic parameters were regressed against SSC data to determine the accuracy of using acoustic technology as a surrogate for measuring SSC in a fine-grained riverine system. The resulting regressions for SSC and sediment acoustic parameters had coefficients of determination ranging from 0.75 to 0.97 for various events and configurations. The overall Nash-Sutcliffe model-fit efficiency was 0.95 for the 132 observed and predicted SSC values determined using the sediment acoustic parameter regressions. The study of using acoustic technologies as a surrogate for measuring SSC in fine-grained riverine systems is ongoing. The results at this site are promising in the realm of surrogate technology.

Suggested Citation

Manaster, A.D, Domanski, M.M., Straub, T.D., and Boldt, J.A., 2016, Estimating suspended sediment using acoustics in a fine-grained riverine system on Kickapoo Creek at Bloomington, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1117, 42 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161117.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Methods
  • Sediment Acoustic Index Rating Development
  • Summary
  • References Cited
  • Appendixes 1–6

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Estimating suspended sediment using acoustics in a fine-grained riverine system, Kickapoo Creek at Bloomington, Illinois
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1117
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161117
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Illinois Water Science Center
Description viii, 43 p.
Country United States
State Illinois
City Bloomington
Other Geospatial Kickapoo Creek
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N