Mississippi riverbank harbor siltation study

R. Fernández, M. H. García, Gary Parker

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Siltation inside a harbor built on the Mississippi River downstream of St. Louis, MO has been a problem since the harbor started operating. This study presents an assessment of the causes of siltation and recommendations for sediment management strategies. A comparison between the characteristics of the sediment found in the harbor and the suspended and bed material in the river showed that the wash load of the Mississippi River enters the harbor and deposits due to the lack of flow-through velocities. Characteristic discharges in the river and associated suspended sediment concentrations were computed to determine the thresholds above which significant siltation can be expected. The times of the year in which siltation is more prominent were also determined, and potential sediment management strategies were proposed as part of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRiver Flow 2016
Subtitle of host publicationIowa City, USA, July 11-14, 2016
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781317289128
ISBN (Print)9781315644479
StatePublished - Jun 22 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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