The portal is intended to provide easy access to high quality, suspended sediment data, along with ancillary information on streamflow condition, sediment grain size, sampling method, and landscape conditions.
|Suspended sediment sampling locations|
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Suspended sediment is a basic and fundamental characteristic related to the quality of streams. Excessive stream sediments can affect aquatic biota, limit reservoir storage capacity, and transport nutrients and some potentially toxic contaminants. In some instances, too little suspended sediment can also be harmful; resulting in the loss of critical wetlands, for example.