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Scientific Investigations Map 3213

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia

Bathymetric Contours of Breckenridge Reservoir, Quantico, Virginia

By S.M. Wicklein, R.R. Lotspeich, and R.B. Banks III

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Breckenridge Reservoir, built in 1938, is fed by Chopawamsic Creek and South Branch Chopawamsic Creek. The Reservoir is a main source of drinking water for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Base in Quantico, Virginia. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the USMC, conducted a bathymetric survey of Breckenridge Reservoir in March 2009. The survey was conducted to provide the USMC Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (NREA) with information regarding reservoir storage capacity and general bathymetric properties. The bathymetric survey can provide a baseline for future work on sediment loads and deposition rates for the reservoir. Bathymetric data were collected using a boat-mounted Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) differential global positioning system (DGPS), echo depth-sounding equipment, and computer software. Data were exported into a geographic information system (GIS) for mapping
and calculating area and volume. Reservoir storage volume at the time
of the survey was about 22,500,000 cubic feet (517 acre-feet) with a
surface area of about 1,820,000 square feet (41.9 acres).

First posted June 22, 2012

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Virginia Water Science Center
1730 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228
Phone: 804–261–2600

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Suggested citation:

Wicklein, S.M., Lotspeich, R.R., and Banks, R.B., III, 2012, Bathymetric contours of Breckenridge Reservoir, Quantico, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3213, 1 sheet.





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