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Commercial navigation in large rivers and the development of appropriate management alternatives


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Large rivers of the United States of America, such as the Mississippi River, are used for the transport of goods and commodities as well as for recreational activities. The Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) is used extensively by commercial barge traffic having a typical configuration of about 32.1 m by about 335.5 m in plan form, with a draft of 2.74 m. A barge convoy can move at speeds from about 1.3 to 4.4 m.s-1. Movement of such a body through a river cross-section creates significant temporary disturbances of the river environment. The changes in the river environment resulting from the movement of such traffic may include creation of waves and drawdown, altered velocity and pressure regimes, resuspension, and lateral movement [...]


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Bhowmik, N.G.


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Pages 93-103 in F. H. M. van de Ven, D. Gutknecht, D. P. Loucks, and K. A. Salewicz, editors. Proceedings, Hydrology for the Water Management of Large River Basins, Vienna, August 11-24, 1991. IAHS Publication No. 201. Reprinted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin

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