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Sediment and aquatic habitat associations in river systems: Results from the ASCE Task Committee on Sediment Transport and Aquatic Habitats


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Sediment transport is highly variable in space and time and a natural part of the river environment. Important linkages exist between sediment transport processes and riverine aquatic habitats. If the sediment load or bed sediment type changes, there are usually ecological consequences. The responses are usually complex, long lasting, and may be beneficial or detrimental to a given resource. Undesirable consequences of water projects that modify sediment size distribution or load may be avoided or mitigated when designers know about the relationships between aquatic habitats and sediment transport. Accordingly, this paper has summarized knowledge linking sediment transport and aquatic ecology. Often hydraulic engineers and aquatic [...]



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Pages 1104-1109 in Howard H. Chang and Joseph C. Hill, editors. Hydraulic Engineering. Volume 2, Proceedings, 1990 National Conference of the Hydraulics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, San Diego, California, July 30-August 3, 1990. Reprinted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin

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