in which q_{s} = bedmaterial discharge in tons per day per foot; q = water discharge in cubic feet per second per foot; C_{m} = measured concentration of suspended bedmaterial discharge in milligrams per liter; and 0.0027 is the conversion factor for the indicated units.
Table 158 shows a factor to convert concentration in parts per million to milligrams per liter.
Example 158:
Given mean flow depth d = 10 ft, mean channel width b = 300 ft, mean velocity v = 3 fps, measured concentration of suspended bed material discharge C_{m} = 100 ppm, calculate the total bed material discharge by the Colby 1957 method.
From Fig. 1511 , the uncorrected unmeasured sediment discharge is qu' = 10 ton/ d/ ft. From Fig. 1512, the relative concentration of suspended sands is Cr = 380 ppm. The availability ratio is 100/ 380 = 0.26. From Fig. 1513, the correction factor is C = 0.6. Therefore, qu = 6 ton/d/ft. The water discharge per unit width is q = vd = 3 X 10 = 30 fills/ft. From Eq. 1523, the sediment discharge per unit width is q, = (0 .0027 X 100 X 30) + 6 = 14.1 ton/ d/ ft . Therefore, the bedmaterial discharge by the Colby 1957 method is Q. = q,b = 14.1 X 300 = 4230 ton/d.
Colby's 1964 Method.
In 1964, Colby published a method to calculate discharge of sands (i .e., bedmaterial discharge) in sandbed streams and rivers.
The
development of the method was guided by the Einstein bedload function and supported by large amounts of laboratory and field data.
The method has been shown to provide a reasonably good prediction of sediment transport rates, particularly for sandsize particles.
The following data are needed in an application of the Colby 1964 method: (1) mean flow depth d, (2) mean channel width b, (3) mean velocity v, (4) water temperature, (5) concentration of finematerial load (Le., wash load), and (6) median bedmaterial size.
The procedure is as follows [8]:
 Use Fig. 1514 to determine the uncorrected discharge of sands q_{u} (in tons per day per foot of width) as a function of mean velocity, flow depth, and sediment size.

For water temperature of 60°F, negligible wash load concentration (less than 1000 ppm), and sediment size in the range 0.2 to 0.3 mm, no further calculations are required, and q_{u} is the discharge of sands q_{s}.

For conditions other than the preceding, use Fig. 1515 to obtain the correction factor k_{1} as a function of flow depth
and water temperature, k_{2} as a function of flow depth and concentration of finematerial load, and k_{3} as a function of median size of bed material.

The discharge of sands is given by the following formula:
q_{s} = [ 1 + (k_{1}k_{1}  1) k_{1}] q_{u}(1524)
in which q_{s} discharge of sands in tons per day per foot.
Example 159.
Given mean flow depth d = 1 ft, mean channel width b = 30 ft, mean velocity v = 2 fps, water temperature 50°F, washload concentration C_{w} = 10,000 ppm, and median bedmaterial size d_{50} = 0.1 mm.
Calculate the discharge of sands by the Colby 1964 method.
From Fig. 1514, q_{u} = 9.3 ton/ d/ ft.
From Fig. 1515, k_{1} = 1.15, k_{2} = 1.20, k_{3} = 0.6.
From Eq. 1524, q_{s} = [1 + (1.15 X 1.20  1) X 0.6] X 9.3 = 11.4 ton/d/ft.
Therefore, the discharge of sands is Q_{s} = 11.4 X 30 = 342 ton/ d.
Other Methods for the Calculation of Sediment Discharge
Many other methods have been proposed for the calculation of sediment discharge.
Notable among them are the methods of Ackers and White [1], Engelund and Hansen [16], Toffaleti [39}, and Yang [46}.
The various procedures vary in complexity and range of applicability.
For details on these and other sediment transport formulas, see [2, 4, 25, 38}.
Sediment Rating Curves
A useful curve in sediment analysis is the sediment rating curve, defined as the relationship between water discharge and sediment discharge at a given gaging site.
For a given water discharge, the sediment rating curve allows the estimation of sediment discharge, assuming steady equilibrium flow conditions.
The sediment rating curve is an xy plot showing water discharge in the abscissas and sediment discharge in the ordinates.
This plot is obtained either by the simultaneous measurement of water and sediment discharge or, alternatively, by the use of sediment transport formulas.
For lowwater discharges, the sediment rating curve usually plots as a straight line on logarithmic paper, showing an increase of sediment concentration with water discharge.
However, for high water discharges, the sediment rating curve has a tendency to curve slightly downward, approaching a line of equal sediment concentration (i.e., a line having a 45° slope in the xy plane) [2].
Like the singlevalued stagedischarge rating, the singlevalued sediment rating curve is strictly valid only for steady equilibrium flow conditions.
For strongly unsteady flows, the existence of loops in both water and sediment rating curves has been demonstrated [2].
These loops are complex in nature and are likely to vary from flood to flood.
In practice, loops in water and sediment rating are commonly disregarded.
Sediment Routing
The calculation of sediment yield is lumped, i.e., it does not provide a measure of the spatial or temporal variability of sediment production within the catchment.
Sediment transport formulas are invariably based on the assumption of steady equilibrium flow.
Sediment routing, on the other hand, refers to the distributed and unsteady calculation of sediment production, transport and deposition in catchments, streams, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries.
Of necessity. sediment routing involves a large number of calculations and thereforeis ideally suited for use with a computer.
Sediment routing should be usedin addition to sediment yield and sediment transport evaluationsin cases where the description of spatial and temporal variations of sediment production, transport, and deposition is warranted.
Sediment routing methods are particularly useful in the detailed analysis of sediment transport and deposition in rivers and reservoirs.
For example, the computer model HEC6, "Scour and Deposition in Rivers and Reservoirs," is a sediment routing model developed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers [21].
Several other sediment routing models have been developed in the last two decades; see, for instance, [4] and [25].
15_4 SEDIMENT DEPOSITION IN RESERVOIRS
The concepts of sediment yield and sediment transport are essential to the study of sediment deposition in reservoirs.
Sediment is first produced at upland and channel sources and then transported downstream by the action of flowing water.
If the flowing water is temporarily detained, as in the case of an instream reservoir, its ability to continue to entrain sediment is substantially impaired, and deposition takes place.
Sediment deposition occurs in the vicinity of reservoirs. typically as shown in Fig. 1516 [20].
First, deposition of the coarsersize fractions takes place near the entrance to the reservoir.
As water continues to flow into the reservoir and over the dam, the delta continues to grow in the direction of the dam until it eventually fills the entire reservoir volume.
The process is quite slow but relentless.
Typically, reservoirs may take 50 to 100 y to fill. and in some instances. up to 500 y or more.
The rate of sediment deposition in reservoirs is a matter of considerable economic and practical interest.
Since reservoirs are key features of hydroelectric and waterresource development projects, the question of the design life of a reservoir is appropriate, given that most reservoirs will eventually fill with sediment.
In an extreme example, the filling can occur in a single storm event, as in the case of a small sedimentretention basin located in a semiarid or arid region.
On the other hand, the reservoir can take hundreds of years to fill , as in the case of a large reservoir located in a predominantly humid or subhumid environment.
Reservoir Trap Efficiency
The difference between incoming and outgoing sediment is the sediment deposited in the reservoir.
The incoming sediment can be quantified by the sediment yield, i.e. , the total sediment load entering the reservoir.
The outgoing sediment can be quantified by the trap efficiency.
Trap efficiency refers to the ability of the reservoir to entrap sediment being transported by the flowing water.
It is defined as the ratio of trapped sediment to incoming sediment, in percentage, and is a function of (1) the ratio of reservoir volume to mean annual runoff volume and (2) the sediment characteristics.
The following procedure is used to determine trap efficiency [41]:

Determine the reservoir capacity C in cubic hectometers or acrefeet.

Determine the mean annual (runoff volume) inflow I to the reservoir, in cubic hectometers or acrefeet.

Use Fig. 1517 to determine the percentage trap efficiency as a function of the ratio C / I for any of three sediment characteristics.
Estimate the texture of the incoming sediment by a study of sediment sources and/ or sediment transport by size fractions.
The upper curve of Fig. 1517 is applicable to coarse sands or flocculated sediments; the middle curve, to sediments consisting of a wide range of particle sizes; and the lower curve, to fine silts and clays.
Reservoir Design Life
The design life of a reservoir is the period required for the reservoir to fulfill its intended purpose.
For instance, structures designed by the Soil Conservation Service for watershed protection and flood prevention programs have a design life of 50 to 100 y.
Due to reservoir sedimentation, provisions are made to guarantee the fulldesign reservoir waterstorage capacity for the planned design life.
This may entail either (1) cleaning out reservoir sediment deposits at predetermined intervals during the life of the structure or, as is more often the case, (2) providing a reservoir storage capacity large enough to store all the accumulated sediment deposits without encroachment on the designed waterstorage volume.
Typically, calculations of sedimentfilling rates and sediment accumulation are part of the design of reservoirstorage projects.
Distribution of Sediment Deposits
The distribution of sediment deposits may be such as to materially affect the operation and maintenance of the dam and reservoir.
The amount and types of sediment deposits vary with the nature of the sediment itself, the shape of the reservoir, the topography of the reservoir floor, the nature of the approach channel, detention time, and purpose of the reservoir.
The coarser sediment sizes are the first to deposit in the vicinity of the reservoir entrance.
Finer sediment sizes are able to travel longer distances inside the reservoir and deposit at locations close to the dam.
However, very fine sediments are usually uniformly distributed in the reservoir bed.
Sedimentretention, or Debris, Basins
Sedimentretention basins. or debris basins, are small reservoirs located in upland areas with the specific purpose of trapping sediment and debris before they are able to reach the main fluvial network system.
Debris is a general term used to describe the assortment of cobbles, boulders, branches, and other vegetative material that may clog channels and hydraulic structures, causing them to reach a critical design condition prematurely and often resulting in structural failure.
Debris basins are placed upstream of channels or reservoirs with the specific purpose of temporary detainment of debris.
Debris basins are usually small and designed to be cleaned out from time to time.
Some basins are sized to fill up during one or two major storms.
Others may have a 50 or 100y design life.
Project costs and site conditions determine the size of debris basins.
Sedimentyield determinations for debris basin design should include both shortterm and longterm analyses.
The longterm sediment yield is determined from the appropriate sediment rating curve.
For infrequent storms, however, sediment concentrations may exceed longterm averages by a factor of 2 or 3 [40].
Example 1510.
A planned reservoir has a total capacity of 10 hm^{3} and a contributing catchment area of 250 km^{2}.
Mean annual runoff at the sjte is 400 mm, annual sediment yield is 1000 metric tons/ km^{2}, and the specific weight of sediment deposits is estimated at 12.000 N/ m^{3}.
A sediment source study has confirmed that the sediments are primarily finegrained.
Calculate the time that it will take for the reservoir to fill up with sediments.
The calculations are shown in Table 159.
Because of decreased reservoir capacity as it fills with sediment, an interval of storage equal to ΔV = 2 hm^{3} is chosen for this example.
Column 2 shows the loss of reservoir capacity, and Col. 3 shows the accumulated sediment deposits.
The mean annual inflow to the reservoir is 400 mm X 250 km^{2} = 100 hm^{3}.
Column 4 shows the capacityinflow ratios at the end of each interval, and Col. 5 shows the average capacityinflow ratios per interval.
Column 6 shows the trap efficiencies T_{i} obtained from Fig. 1517 using the curve for finegrained sediments (lower curve).
The annual sediment inflow I_{s} is:
(1525)Is = 0.204 hmJ/y
The number of years to fill each ΔV interval is ΔV/ (I_{s}( T_{i}/ 100)]. shown in Col. 7.
The sum of Col. 7 is the total number of years required to fill up the reservoir: 93 y.
15.5 SEDIMENT MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES
The measurement of fluvial sediments is often necessary to complement sediment yield and sediment transport studies.
The accuracy of the measurement, however, is dependent not only on the equipment and techniques but also on the application of basic principles of sediment transport.
As sediment enters a stream or river, it separates itself into bedmaterial load and wash load.
In turn, the bedmaterial load is transported as either bed load or suspended load.
The suspended bedmaterial load plus the wash load constitutes the total suspendedsediment load of the stream or river.
The term sampled suspendedsediment discharge is used to describe the fraction of suspendedsediment load that can be sampled with available equipment.
Generally, it excludes the unsampled suspendedsediment discharge, i.e., the fraction of suspended sediment ioad that is carried too close to the stream bed to be effectively sampled.
The suspendedsediment discharge is the sum of sampled and unsampled suspended sediment discharges.
Sedimentsampling Equipment
Sedimentsampling equipment can be classified as the following:

Suspendedsediment samplers, which measure suspendedsediment concentration

Bedload samplers, which measure bed load

Bedmaterial samplers, which sample the sediment in the top layer of the stream bed