Noyo River and Harbor, California, Design for Harbor Entrance Protection: Coastal Model Investigation
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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A 175-scale undistorted hydraulic model was used to determine wave conditions at the entrance to Noyo River and Harbor as a result of an offshore breakwater. The impact of the improvements on long-period wave conditions in the harbor as well as wave-induced and riverine bed-load sediment patterns was evaluated. The model reproduced the river from its mouth to a point approximately 15,000 ft upstream, both Noyo Harbor and Dolphin Marina located on the south bank, approximately 3,400 ft of the California shoreline on each side of the river mouth, Noyo Cove, and sufficient offshore area in the Pacific Ocean to permit generation of the required test waves. A 45-ft-long wave generator, crushed coal sediment tracer material, and an automated data acquisition and control system were utilized in model operation. It was concluded from the model investigation that a. Existing conditions are characterized by rough and turbulent wave conditions in the Noyo River entrance. Maximum wave heights ranged from 8.5 to 13.7 ft in the entrance for operational conditions incident waves with heights of.14 ft or less and from 12.2 to 15.2 ft for extreme conditions waves up to 32 ft in height depending on incident wave direction. Breakwaters, Noyo River and Harbor, California, Harbors, California Wave protection Hydraulic models.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Civil Engineering