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Methods to measure sedimentation of spawning gravelsAuthor(s): Thomas E. Lisle; Rand E. Eads
Source: Research Note PSW-411, Berkeley, California: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 7 p.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionSediment transport occurring after spawning can cause scour of incubating embryos and infiltration of fine sediment into spawning gravel, decreasing intergravel flow and preventing hatched fry from emerging from the gravel. Documentation of these effects requires measuring gravel conditions before and after high flow periods and combining methods to record scour and fill and sediment infiltration by different grain sizes at different depths in the streambed. Scour and fill is best measured with scour chains, which can record the depth of maximum scour that occurs during high flow. Repetitive sampling of bed material with bulk-core or freeze-core samples can be hindered by the large size of sample required to adequately characterize gravel mixtures compared to the size of fish redds.
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CitationLisle, Thomas E.; Eads, Rand E. 1991. Methods to measure sedimentation of spawning gravels. Research Note PSW-411, Berkeley, California: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 7 p.
KeywordsPSW4351, spawning gravel, fine sediment, channel scour, methods
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