Annual suspended-sediment loads in the Green River at Green River, Utah, 1930-82

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4169



The Green River above gaging station 093150000 at Green River, Utah, drains about 44,850 square miles in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. The average annual precipitation near the station was 6.11 inches. Rocks ranging in age from Precambrian to Holocene are exposed in the Green River drainage basin above Green River, Utah. Shale, siltstone, and mudstone of Tertiary age probably are the most easily eroded rocks in the basin, and they contribute a large part of the sediment load in the Green River. During 1930-82, the U.S. Geological Survey collected records of fluvial sediment at station 093150000. Based on these records the mean annual suspended-sediment load was about 15,630,000 tons, ranging from 1,780,000 tons during 1934 to 43,400,000 tons during 1937. The minimum daily load of 54 tons was on September 27, 1956, and the maximum daily load of 2,230,000 tons was on July 11, 1936. Analysis of the suspended-sediment records collected from 1930-82 at station 093150000 indicated that the accuracy of the records is fair prior to 1945 and good for the remaining period of record. The records after 1945 reflect the use of improved sampling equipment. (USGS)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Annual suspended-sediment loads in the Green River at Green River, Utah, 1930-82
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 84-4169
DOI 10.3133/wri844169
Edition -
Year Published 1984
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description iv, 17 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.