Avoiding The Inevitable? Capacity Loss From Reservoir Sedimentation

Reservoir Sustainability Workshop; Lakewood, Colorado, 10–12 July 2012



The inexorable loss of capacity of the nation's reservoirs—sooner or later threatening water supplies for municipal, agricultural, and industrial uses—is but one of a number of deleterious effects wrought by sediment deposition. Trapped sediments can also damage or bury dam outlets, water intakes, and related infrastructure. Downstream effects of sediment capture and retention by reservoirs can include channel and habitat degradation and biotic alterations.