Graduation Date

Fall 2019

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Natural Resources: option Environmental Science and Management

Committee Chair Name

Dr. James Graham

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Eileen Cashman

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. David Gwenzi

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Dr. Jonathan Halama

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Subject Categories

Environmental Science and Management


Due to wide spread stream degradation across the globe, there is great potential for restoring stream and riverine habitat. Land managers often lack necessary information about the stream discharges of ungauged watersheds. This lack of data makes designing stream restoration projects in ungauged watersheds more difficult. This is especially true when trying to determine the channel-forming flow, the discharge that will support a stable channel geometry. In this study, the channel-forming flow was approximated using effective flow. Effective flow is the level of flow that transports to the greatest amount of sediments. One method for calculating effective flow is to use stream discharge and sediment transportation data. Modeled annual discharge data was generated for Hall Creek, an ungauged watershed, by running the Environmental Protection Agency’s Visualizing Ecosystem Land Management Assessments (VELMA) ecohydrology model. The modeled VELMA flow data for Hall Creek and bedload sediment data from a similar nearby creek was used as the inputs for the effective discharge calculation. The effective discharge of Hall Creek was found to be 2.52 cubic meters per second.


Original degree title: Master of Science degree with a major in Natural Resources, option Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences

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