Erosion and Sediment Control

Poster Presentation

Monongahela River Causing Concerning Sediment Buildup in Tributaries

Tuesday, February 13
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Level of Presentation: Beginner

Research and proposed solutions on the excessive sediment buildup in tributaries along the Monongahela River.

The Monongahela River in southwest Pennsylvania is known for flowing northward but also its cloudy and muddy water. The 128-mile long river runs from Fairmont, West Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where it meets the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River. The difference between the two meeting rivers is drastic showing the concern the Monongahela River is causing. The inordinate amount of sediment is believed to be due to the riverbed of the Monongahela River and the runoff of the surrounding watershed. The riverbed is made from sandstone that is softer, siltier, and more easily disturbed. Towboats and barges travel heavily through the Monongahela River creating an increased disturbance. Storm events in the Monongahela River watershed have also caused an escalation in runoff flowing into the river.

Due to the increased sedimentation tributaries along the Monongahela River have been experiencing excessive buildup. Pumpkin Run Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River in Greene County, Pennsylvania, has been enduring sediment buildup causing the closure of their recreational boat launch, Rices Landing. The recreational boat launch at Rices Landing has a substantial impact on the surrounding community through outdoor recreation tourism and economic increase so solutions are being sought for the sediment buildup. Currently dredging is approved and planned for early summer 2018. Dredging every five-years is not only expensive but not sustainable due to environmental concerns. With the aid of Penn State students, potential long-term solutions are being identified for Pumpkin Run Creek and the other tributaries along the Monongahela River to reduce sediment buildup. Extensive research and the proposal of numerous solutions will aid in finding the desired long-term solution.

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Target Audience: Academic,Stream/Wetland

Jessica Hunter

Student at The Pennsylvania State University

Jessica Hunter is a senior level student at The Pennsylvania State University studying Biological Engineering with a focus on Natural Resource Engineering. Jessica has additional studies in Engineering Leadership Development and Environmental Engineering through minors at Penn State. Graduating in May 2018 Jessica is searching for full time job opportunities to advance in her pursuit to become a professional engineer.


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