Award Date

5-13-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Elizabeth Bickmore Biologist, LVWCC, SNWA-Content Advisor

Advisor 2

Helen Neill, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

Number of Pages

16

Abstract

Erosion along the Las Vegas Wash (Wash) has increased steadily along with the rapidly increasing population. The focus of this study is to find out if there is a relationship between lower total suspended solids rate (TSS) and the construction of erosion control structures along the Wash. The study was conducted between 7/15/2003 and 11/29/2004.

The method was water sampling on 7 sites and the samples were analyzed at Southern Nevada Water Systems (SNWS) laboratory at Saddle Island in Boulder City. Additional water quality data was also collected using Quanta, a device measuring different parameters in water. In this study 5 parameters were collected: temperature (°C), dissolved oxygen(% and mg/l), pH, conductivity (uS/cm). and turbidity (NTU). The results of the TSS samples reflect considerable decline in sediment level and transport to Las Vegas Bay.

Keywords

Las Vegas Wash (Nev.); Nevada; Scour (Hydraulic engineering) prevention; Sediment transport; Suspended sediments

Disciplines

Desert Ecology | Environmental Monitoring | Environmental Sciences | Water Resource Management

Language

English


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