During the period 1972-79, the bedload in the Clearwater River ranged from about 50,000 tons (45,000 metric tons) per year in 1972 and 1974 to about 1,000 tons (910 metric tons) per year in the drought years of 1973 and 1977. Suspended-sediment load at the same location ranged from about 1,000,000 tons (910,000 metric tons) per year to about 50,000 tons (45,000 metric tons) per year for the same respective years.
In the Snake River, bedload ranged from about 200,000 tons (180,000 metric tons) per year for 1972 and 1974 to about 10,000 tons (9,100 metric tons) per year in 1973; bedload was too low for determination in 1977. Suspended-sediment load ranged from about 5,000,000 tons (4,500,000 metric tons) per year in 1974 to about 50,000 tons (45,000 metric tons) per year in 1977.
Bedload thus ranged from about 2 to 10 percent of suspended load and average about 5 percent.
For either river, bedload particle size was bimodal. Modes were in the medium- to coarse-sand range and in the very coarse-gravel range. Suspended-sediment particle size was generally finer than sand.
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Sediment transport in the Snake and Clearwater rivers in the vicinity of Lewiston, Idaho|
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Contributing office(s)||Idaho Water Science Center|
|Description||v, 179 p.|
|Other Geospatial||Clearwater River;Snake River|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|