Effects of the Rate of Releases from Sam Rayburn Reservoir on the Aeration Capacity of the Angelina River, Eastern Texas.
Final rept. Jul-Aug 79,
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AUSTIN TEX WATER RESOURCES DIV
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A three-phase study was conducted during July and August 1979 to determine the effects of varying release rates through the power-outlet works at Sam Rayburn Reservoir on aeration capacity of a 14-mile reach of the Angelina River below Sam Rayburn Dam. The dominant factors that affected the aeration capacity during the study were time of travel and the dissolved-oxygen deficit of the releases. Aeration was low throughout the study but increased in response to increases in the dissolved-oxygen deficit and the duration of time that the releases were exposed to the atmosphere time of travel. The average concentration of dissolved oxygen in flow sustained by releases of 8,800 cubic feet per second decreased from 5.0 milligrams per liter at a site near the power outlet to 4.8 milligrams per liter at a site about 14 miles downstream the time of travel averaged about 8 hours. The average concentration of dissolved oxygen in flow sustained by releases of 2,200 cubic feet per second increased from 5.2 to 5.5 milligrams per liter the time of travel averaged about 20 hours. Author
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering