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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, Harrisburg.
  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Geological Survey

    F Street Between 18th and 19th Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20244

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 2926
    Harrisburg, PA  USA  17120
  • Authors:
    • Helm, R E
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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