Friday, September 30, 2011

Technical Workshop On Army Corps Channel Stability Tool

Sep 30: The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) advises that over the last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District has developed a stand-alone Channel Stability Tool that can be used by local stakeholders to design maintained channels in clay soils, with the goal of limiting bank failures, erosion, and sediment delivery to rivers and streams and, subsequently, to Lake Superior. The project was made possible by funding under the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program, which is a joint initiative between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Great Lakes Region) and the Great Lakes states.

    The Corps of Engineers Detroit District will host a technical workshop on October 18, 2011, to introduce this new tool that can be used to estimate the stability of maintained channels and ditches in clay soils. The workshop will be held at the Minnesota Pollution Control Offices, located at 525 S. Lake Ave, #400, Duluth, MN 55802, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Organizations interested in learning to use the Channel Stability Tool and providing constructive feedback are invited to participate in this technical workshop.

    The tool incorporates the effects of cohesive soils, vegetation, and hydraulic scour. Representatives from the Corps of Engineers Detroit District will be demonstrating the tool and soliciting feedback on the user interface in order to ensure that the final product is useful to stakeholders. The final version of the tool, incorporating suggestions gathered during the October 18 meeting, will be released later this fall.

    Access an announcement from GLC with further details (click here). Access more information on the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program (click here).

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