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Data Series 593

Suspended-Sediment and Suspended-Sand Concentrations and Loads for Selected Streams in the Mississippi River Basin, 1940–2009

By David C. Heimann, Teri L. Cline, and Lori M. Glaspie

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This report presents suspended-sediment concentration and streamflow data, describes load-estimation techniques used in the computation of annual suspended-sediment loads, and presents annual suspended-sediment loads for 48 streamgaging stations within the Mississippi River Basin. Available published, unpublished, and computed annual total suspended-sediment and suspended-sand loads are presented for water years 1940 through 2009. When previously published annual loads were not available, total suspended-sediment and sand loads were computed using available data for water years 1949 through 2009. A table of suspended-sediment concentration and daily mean streamflow data used in the computation of annual loads is presented along with a table of compiled and computed annual suspended-sediment and suspended-sand loads, annual streamflows, and flow-weighted concentrations for the 48 stations.

First posted May 17, 2011

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Suggested citation:

Heimann, D.C., Cline, T.L., and Glaspie, L.M., 2011, Suspended-sediment and suspended-sand concentrations and loads for selected streams in the Mississippi River Basin, 1940–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 593, 6 p.




Sources of Sediment and Streamflow Data

Methods of Sediment Load Estimation

Data Used in Analyses of Sediment Concentrations and Loads


References Cited

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