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Scientific Investigations Map 3265

Prepared in cooperation with the Rockdale County Department of Water Resources

Estimation of Reservoir Storage Capacity Using Multibeam Sonar and Terrestrial Lidar, Randy Poynter Lake, Rockdale County, Georgia, 2012

By K.G. Lee

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The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Rockdale County Department of Water Resources, conducted a bathymetric and topographic survey of Randy Poynter Lake in northern Georgia in 2012. The Randy Poynter Lake watershed drains surface area from Rockdale, Gwinnett, and Walton Counties. The reservoir serves as the water supply for the Conyers-Rockdale Big Haynes Impoundment Authority.

The Randy Poynter reservoir was surveyed to prepare a current bathymetric map and determine storage capacities at specified water-surface elevations. Topographic and bathymetric data were collected using a marine-based mobile mapping unit to estimate storage capacity. The marine-based mobile mapping unit operates with several components: multibeam echosounder, singlebeam echosounder, light detection and ranging system, navigation and motion-sensing system, and data acquisition computer. All data were processed and combined to develop a triangulated irregular network, a reservoir capacity table, and a bathymetric contour map.

First posted August 8, 2013

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Lee, K.G., 2013, Estimation of reservoir storage capacity using multibeam sonar and terrestrial lidar, Randy Poynter Lake, Rockdale County, Georgia, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3265, 1 sheet,




Description of the Study Area

Methods and Data Collection

Storage Capacities

Bathymetric Contours

References Cited

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