Suspended matter in the Colorado River in 1925-1928

Water Supply Paper 636-B



Determinations of the quantity of solid material carried by the Colorado River are necessary for the proper consideration of plans for the development of the resources of the river. Much of the material carried by the river will be deposited in the proposed reservoirs and eventually will occupy a large part of the capacity of the reservoirs, so that their effectiveness for flood control or river regulation will be greatly decreased. A capacity of 6,000,000 acre-feet is reserved for silt storage in plans for a reservoir in Boulder Canyon that is to have a maximum capacity of about 25,000,000 to 30,000,000 acre-feet. It has been estimated that such a silt-storage capacity will not be entirely used for nearly 100 years.1 However, the discharge of sediment including the sediment from the Gila was reported to be more than 1,000,000 acre-feet for the four years 1909-19122 and a similar quantity for the four years 1912-1916.3

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Suspended matter in the Colorado River in 1925-1928
Series title Water Supply Paper
Series number 636
Chapter B
DOI 10.3133/wsp636B
Year Published 1930
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center, Utah Water Science Center
Description 30 p.
Larger Work Title Contributions to the hydrology of the United States, 1929 (Water Supply Paper 636)
First page 15
Last page 44
Country United States
Other Geospatial Colorado River
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