Statewide Sediment Network

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Recipient Type
Federal Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
September 2015
Activity Type
Research
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Carver
Clay
Fillmore
Hennepin
Jackson
Koochiching
Lake
Renville
Wabasha
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$81,824
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.01
Source of Additional Funds

Federal

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.01
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
.5
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
.81
Project Overview

The Statewide Sediment Network was established to measure the levels of suspended sediment concentrations and particle size distributions at eight sites across Minnesota to evaluate the amount of sediment carried by rivers. USGS sample collection and laboratory analysis techniques provide a more rigorous, robust, and technically accurate measure of sediment in water than the current use of total suspended solids as the measure of sediment in water. A primary goal of the project is to develop correction factors for use with the state's total suspended solids sampling so sediment loads are not underestimated. The project is also beginning to incorporate the use of in-situ turbidity and accoustic Doppler sensors to provide sediment load calculations that will be in near-real time and to reduce sediment sampling costs. A final component of the project includes the sampling and measurement of bedload which is sediment that moves along the bottom of a river and is not captured by normal surface water sampling.

Project Manager
First Name
Christopher
Last Name
Ellison
Organization Name
USGS
Street Address
2280 Woodale Drive
City
Mounds View
State
MN
Zip Code
55112
Phone
763/783-3121