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Geomorphic Reference Reach Data for the Kalamazoo River Basin, Michigan Area of Concern


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Vaughan, A.A., Fitzpatrick, F.A., and Strange, J.M., 2023, River Morphology Reference Reach Data for the Kalamazoo River Basin, Michigan Area of Concern: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The Kalamazoo River Area of Concern (AOC) in Michigan has multiple dams in various stages of removal. Following dam removal, river restoration activities will occur in impacted reaches. Hydrogeomorphic data from relatively undisturbed and hydraulically stable river reaches are commonly used to inform the design parameters of river restoration projects. Reference reaches should be selected that operate under similar prevailing boundary conditions as target restoration reaches, including water and sediment regime, valley and channel slope, valley confinement, bank heights, and riparian vegetation. The datasets contained in this data release represent the results of a geomorphic assessment of the Kalamazoo River to identify and characterize [...]

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Originator :
Angus A Vaughan, Faith A Fitzpatrick, Jayme M Strange
Point of Contact :
Angus A Vaughan
Metadata Contact :
Angus A Vaughan
Process Contact :
Jayme M Strange
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
SDC Data Owner :
Upper Midwest Water Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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The purpose of the reference reach data is to help inform the planned and previous dam removals and other river restoration activities by developing channel criteria that meet stakeholder’s priorities for fish passage, channel stability, and hydrologic connectivity within the river/floodplain system. These datasets will eventually be expanded to create a library of publicly available reference reaches spanning a range of natural geomorphic settings within the river system.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P96JBHF4

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