Little Fork River and Big Fork River - USGS FLOWSED
The Little Fork River and Big Fork River - USGS FLOWSED project was established to collect site specific data for streamflow, SSC, and bedload at the Littlefork and Big Fork Rivers in Northern Minnesota; use the data to evaluate the use of dimensionless sediment rating curves for the rivers; and document the results of the study in conjunction with the results from other rivers in the state for the application of regional sediment rating curves to rivers in Minnesota. The project is an extension of the Statewide Sediment Network and a collaboration with a MN DNR project sampling several other sites in the state. The collaborative project will develop regional sediment rating curves for Minnesota. The development of regional sediment rating curves for Minnesota will enhance water resources programs by providing improved sediment budgets, reducing costs associated with extensive sediment data collection, identifying streams that depart from reference conditions, providing a tool for restoration prioritization, and yielding important information for future river restoration design.