SEDIMENT DISCHARGE FROM HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION NEAR PORT CARBON, PENNSYLVANIA
The effects of highway construction on suspended-sediment loads were studied in the upper reaches of the Schuylkill River basin, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, from April 1975 to March 1977. About 16,000 tons of suspended-sediment was discharged from the basin during the construction. The highway construction produced about 8,000 tons or 50 percent of the total sediment discharge. Steep slopes, the availability of fine coal wastes, coal-washing operations, and other land uses in the basin were responsible for most of the remaining sediment discharge. Seventy percent of the total suspended-sediment discharge occurred during eight storms.
- Prepared in cooperation with Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, Harrisburg.
U.S. Geological SurveyF Street Between 18th and 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20244
Harrisburg, PA United States 17120
- Helm, R E
- Publication Date: 1978-4
- Pagination: 32 p.
- TRT Terms: Coal; Coal mining; Construction; Erosion control; Excavations; Flow; Highways; Land use; Monitoring; Mulches; Precipitation (Meteorology); Road construction; Runoff; Sedimentation; Sediments; Slopes; Streamflow; Streams; Suspended sediments; Turbidity; Water quality
- Uncontrolled Terms: Sediment transport
- Geographic Terms: Pennsylvania; Schuylkill River
- Subject Areas: Construction; Highways; Hydraulics and Hydrology;
- Accession Number: 00181018
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: USGS/WRI-78-35 Final Rpt.
- Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
- Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM