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Shades Creek Watershed Project
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The Channel & Watershed Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory conducted a study of suspended-sediment yields and bed-material characteristics in Shades Creek, Alabama. The overall objectives of the study were to determine suspended-sediment yields and sources in the Shades Creek watershed and to compare these to "reference" sediment yields for un-impacted (stable) streams in Ecoregion 67 (Ridge and Valley). In addition, a methodology was developed for determining "reference" bed-material characteristics supportive of aquatic health. Specific objectives included:

Results of this study indicate that a significant proportion of the sediment in the Shades Creek watershed emanates from the stream channels. Subsequent decisions regarding reducing sediment loadings will need to pay particular attention to stream-channel processes and stabilizing eroding reaches of Shades Creek.

The report describing the project can be obtained at the following link:


Point of Contact:

Dr. Ronald L. Bingner, Research Leader

Dr. Eddy Langendoen, Research Hydraulic Engineer