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Appraisal of stream sedimentation in the Susquehanna River basin

Water Supply Paper 1532-F

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Abstract

The Susquehanna River presently transports about 3.0 million tons of sediment annually (110 tons per square mile). Only about 1.8 million tons of sediment enters the head of Chesapeake Bay annually because some sediment is trapped behind the power dams on the lower Susquehanna. Measured annual sediment yields from subbasins in the Susquehanna range from 40 to 440 tons per square mile. The highest yields are from parts of the glaciated section of the basin, in the anthracite coal region, and the Piedmont province. The lowest yields are from parts of the glaciated section of the basin and the Appalachian high plateau. Available data indicate that there has been a downward trend of sediment discharge in recent years. In the future, the high sediment yields associated with urbanization may offset this present downward trend.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Appraisal of stream sedimentation in the Susquehanna River basin
Series title:
Water Supply Paper
Series number:
1532
Chapter:
F
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Contributing office(s):
Pennsylvania Water Science Center
Description:
iv, 24 p. :ill. ;24 cm.
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
Susquehanna River