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Bathymetric survey of the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and selected tributaries in Ithaca, New York, 2016

Open-File Report 2017-1109

Prepared in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, New York, and the New York State Department of State
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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171109

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  • Document: Report (1.98 MB pdf)
  • Data Release: USGS data release Geospatial dataset of bathymetric survey of the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and selected tributaries, Ithaca, N.Y., 2016
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Abstract

From July 14 to July 20, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, New York, and the New York State Department of State, surveyed the bathymetry of the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and the mouths of selected tributaries to Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y. The flood-control channel, built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1965 and 1970, was designed to convey flood flows from the Cayuga Inlet watershed through the City of Ithaca and minimize possible flood damages. Since that time, the channel has infrequently been maintained by dredging, and sediment accumulation and resultant shoaling have greatly decreased the conveyance of the channel and its navigational capability.

U.S. Geological Survey personnel collected bathymetric data by using an acoustic Doppler current profiler. The survey produced a dense dataset of water depths that were converted to bottom elevations. These elevations were then used to generate a geographic information system bathymetric surface. The bathymetric data and resultant bathymetric surface show the current condition of the channel and provide the information that governmental agencies charged with maintaining the Cayuga Inlet for flood-control and navigational purposes need to make informed decisions regarding future maintenance measures.

Suggested Citation

Wernly, J.F., Nystrom, E.A., and Coon, W.F., 2017, Bathymetric survey of the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and selected tributaries in Ithaca, New York, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1109, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171109.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Bathymetric Survey
  • Creation of Bathymetric Surface
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Bathymetric survey of the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and selected tributaries in Ithaca, New York, 2016
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2017-1109
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20171109
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
New York Water Science Center
Description:
Report: v, 9 p.; Data Release
Country:
United States
State:
New York
City:
Ithaca
Other Geospatial:
Cayuga Inlet Flood-Control Channel
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N