Effects of roadway and pond construction on sediment yield near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Open-File Report 71-234
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Abstract

This report shows the effects that the construction of half a mile of one-lane roadway during June, July, and August 1970 and construction of a 5-acre pond during August and September 1970, had on sediment concentrations and sediment discharge of a stream draining an area of 0.76 square mile. The effects of the construction are shown by comparing the data collected from the affected basin with data collected from a similar adjacent basin, unaffected by construction.

During the pond construction, base-flow sediment concentrations increased from the expected 6 mg/1 (milligrams per liter) to an average of 35 mg/l. Sediment discharge during June through December 1970 attributable to the construction was 55 tons, two-thirds of the amount normally expected during a year.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Effects of roadway and pond construction on sediment yield near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 71-234
DOI 10.3133/ofr71234
Year Published 1971
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Harrisburg, PA
Contributing office(s) Pennsylvania Water Science Center
Description iii, 14 p.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
City Harrisburg