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Waves generated by recreational traffic on the Upper Mississippi River System


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To determine the characteristics of waves generated by recreational craft within the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS), 246 controlled runs were made at an Illinois River site and a Mississippi River site. Data showed that recreational boats can generate from 4 to 40 waves per event, with a mean of about 10 to 20 waves. Average wave heights varied from 0.01 to 0.25 meter, with a median of about 0.06 to 0.12 meter. The maximum wave height was as much as 0.6 meter. The data were used to develop a regression equation for estimating maximum wave heights on the basis of the speed, draft, and length of the oats, and their distance from the measuring point. Data from uncontrolled boating events on the Mississippi River indicated that [...]



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Report by the Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, Illinois, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin, in fulfillment of Project Number FWS14-16-0003-80-973

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