Sediment loads in canals 18, 23, and 24 in southeastern Florida

Open-File Report 72-299
Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District



Suspended-sediment concentrations and suspended-sediment discharges were determined in selected canals in St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties, in southeastern Florida. Sediment rating curves were developed to relate water discharge to sediment concentration at the three sites sampled. An evaluation of the concentration and sediment loads shows that larger amounts of suspended sediment were being carried into the St. Lucie River estuary than were being carried into the Loxahatchee River estuary. Peat and muck soils in areas drained for agricultural planting and citrus cultivation are readily carried by runoff water into major canals that traverse the region.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Sediment loads in canals 18, 23, and 24 in southeastern Florida
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 72-299
DOI 10.3133/ofr72299
Year Published 1971
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Tallahassee, FL
Description 48 p.
Country United States
State Florida
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