River meander modeling of the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois

Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5117
Prepared in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation; Illinois Department of Transportation
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Abstract

Natural river channels continually evolve and change shape over time. As a result, channel evolution or migration can cause problems for bridge structures that are fixed in the flood plain. A once-stable bridge structure that was uninfluenced by a river’s shape could be encroached upon by a migrating river channel. The potential effect of the actively meandering Wabash River on the Interstate 64 Bridge at the border with Indiana near Grayville, Illinois, was studied using a river migration model called RVR Meander. RVR Meander is a toolbox that can be used to model river channel meander migration with physically based bank erosion methods. This study assesses the Wabash River meandering processes through predictive modeling of natural meandering over the next 100 years, climate change effects through increased river flows, and bank protection measures near the Interstate 64 Bridge.

Suggested Citation

Lant, J.G., and Boldt, J.A., 2018, River meander modeling of the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5117, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175117.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Use of the RVR Meander Model
  • RVR Meander Model Scenarios and Results
  • Model Sensitivity Analysis and Limitations
  • Summary
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title River meander modeling of the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2017-5117
DOI 10.3133/sir20175117
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center
Description Report: vi, 12 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State Illinois
City Grayville
Other Geospatial Wabash River
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N