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Title: Forest roads, chronic turbidity, and salmon

Author: Reid, L. M.;

Date: 1998

Source: EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 79(45): F285.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Certain impacts of forest roads on habitats used by anadromous salmonids are widely recognized and well-understood: road-related landslides increase sediment loads and modify channel morphology, and culverts restrict access to parts of the channel network. Other influences are less obvious, but may be even more pervasive. For example, road-related erosion significantly increases chronic turbidity levels in streams. Flow and turbidity data from Caspar Creek, California, were used to model the potential influence of the presence and use of roads on cumulative duration curves for stream turbidity.

Keywords: PSW4351, watershed, landslides, sedimentation, erosion, water quality, salmonids

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Reid, L. M. 1998. Forest roads, chronic turbidity, and salmon. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 79(45): F285.


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