Annual suspended-sediment loads in the Colorado River near Cisco, Utah, 1930-82

Water-Resources Investigations Report 85-4011



The Colorado River upstream of gaging station 09180500 near Cisco, Utah, drains about 24,100 square miles in Utah and Colorado. Altitudes in the basin range from 12,480 feet near the headwaters to 4,090 feet at station 09180500. The average annual precipitation for 1894-1982 near the station was 7.94 inches. The average annual precipitation near the headwaters often exceeds 50 inches. Rocks ranging in age from Precambrian to Holocene are exposed in the drainage basin upstream from station 09180500. Shale, limestone, siltstone, mudstone, and sandstone probably are the most easily eroded rocks in the basin, and they contribute large quantities of sediment to the Colorado River. During 1930-82, the U.S. Geological Survey collected records of fluvial sediment at station 09180500. Based on these records, the mean annual suspended-sediment load was 11,390,000 tone, ranging from 2,038,000 tons in water year 1981 to 35,700,000 tons in water year 1938. The minimum daily load of 14 tons was on August 22, 1960, and the maximum daily load of 2,790,000 tons was on October 14, 1941. (USGS)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Annual suspended-sediment loads in the Colorado River near Cisco, Utah, 1930-82
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 85-4011
DOI 10.3133/wri854011
Edition -
Year Published 1985
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
Description iv, 19 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page