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Bedload sediment transport and morphologic data in an unrestored and restored reach of Wilket Creek, Toronto, Canada.

Description: This project monitors the movement of coarse sediment and morphological change through a newly restored section of Wilket Creek (Toronto), and directly compares bedload transport processes with an adjacent un-restored section. This study presents a means of monitoring bedload transport processes in restored rivers, and results can inform future river restoration designs.

Data was collected from an un-restored reach and a restored reach of Wilket Creek, Toronto, Canada. The grain size distribution of the restored reach was done using a Wolman Pebble count with a 200-stone sample size. Bedload transport was monitored over three years using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracer stones. Two waves of tracers were seeded. The first wave was seeded in August, 2013, and comprised of 143 tracers in the unrestored reach and 299 tracers in the restored reach in 5 size classes. The second tracer wave was seeded in August, 2015 and comprised of 300 tracers seeded in the restored reach in 3 size classes. Tracer positions were recorded after each major rainfall event during the active field season each year, resulting in a total of 10 recoveries of the first tracer wave, and 12 recoveries of the second tracer wave. With each recovery, the travel distance of each tracer since its last known position is calculated. Repeat cross section surveys were conducted through the restored reach to monitor morphologic change. A total of 19 cross sections were surveyed 4 – 6 times between February 2013 and July 2018.
Notes: Item exited embargo and became publicly available on 2021-01-01
Authors: Papangelakis, Elli; Water Institute; University of Waterloo; ORCID iD 0000-0001-5365-3505
MacVicar, Bruce; Water Institute; University of Waterloo; ORCID iD 0000-0001-7227-974
Keywords: rivers
cross sections
Field of Research: 
Earth and related environmental sciences
Environmental geoscience
Surface processes
Publication Date: 2021-01-01
Publisher: Federated Research Data Repository / dépôt fédéré de données de recherche
Funder: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
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Wilket Creek
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Appears in Collections:Water Institute

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Papangelakis, E., MacVicar, B. (2021). Bedload sediment transport and morphologic data in an unrestored and restored reach of Wilket Creek, Toronto, Canada.. Federated Research Data Repository.