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Water surface elevation in the Brandon Road Lock chamber near Rockdale, Illinois (October 19-21, 2015)


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Jackson, P.R., and Engel, F.L., 2016, Water surface elevation in the Brandon Road Lock chamber near Rockdale, Illinois (October 19-21, 2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


An Insitu Level Troll 500 was deployed in the Brandon Road Lock chamber (BRLD) near Rockdale, Illinois between 12:09 Central Daylight Time (CDT) on October 19, 2015 and 14:57 CDT October 21, 2015 to monitor water-surface elevation in the lock chamber during a U.S. Geological Survey dye study conducted on October 20, 2015. The duration of the deployment included a day prior to and a day following the dye study to capture the lock operations leading up to and following the dye study. The instrument was deployed within conduit placed inside the ladder well near the 500-foot station on the right wall of the lock chamber (when looking downstream). At the time of deployment, the Level Troll was calibrated to the water surface elevation readings [...]


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These data were collected during dye tracing surveys of the Des Plaines River downstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam (BRLD) near Rockdale, Illinois. The purpose of this dye study was to assess the mixing, advection, and dispersion of dye within the BRLD lock chamber and in the approach channel downstream. These data will aid in the design of potential strategies for preventing upstream transport of invasive Asian carp through BRLD. Dye was injected into the intakes for the lock chamber at the start of the filling process. The dye was injected through grates atop the intake channels on both sides of the lock. Injection began at 1024 hours on October 20, 2015, and ended at 1030 hours on October 20, 2015. A total of 4 liters of Rhodamine WT in a 20 percent solution was injected (2 liters on each side of the lock). The target dye concentration in the lock chamber was 9 parts per billion (ppb). Key operation changes occurred at the following times: 10/20/2015 10:22 (start filling the lock chamber); 10/20/2015 10:43 (end filling the chamber); 10/20/2015 12:26 (start emptying lock chamber); 10/20/2015 12:43 (lock chamber empty, downstream gates remain closed); 10/20/2015 14:00 (downstream valves opened to drain leakage into lock chamber); 10/20/2015 14:08 (downstream gates opened); 10/20/2015 14:15 (lock chamber flushing procedure started; 1/4 opening of upstream valves); 10/20/2015 14:32 (flushing procedure ended); 10/20/2015 15:32 (begin filling lock chamber); 10/20/2015 15:49 (begin emptying of partially filled lock chamber); 10/20/2015 16:00 (Lock reopened to normal navigational traffic). All times are in Central Daylight Time.



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DOI doi:10.5066/F7VQ30S2

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