Articles | Volume 24, issue 2
Research article
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03 Mar 2020
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 03 Mar 2020

Changing suspended sediment in United States rivers and streams: linking sediment trends to changes in land use/cover, hydrology and climate

Jennifer C. Murphy


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (23 Dec 2019) by Christian Stamm
AR by Jennifer Murphy on behalf of the Authors (16 Jan 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (27 Jan 2020) by Christian Stamm
Short summary
Between 1992 and 2012, concentrations of suspended sediment decreased at about 60 % of 137 US stream sites, with increases at only 17 % of sites. Sediment trends were primarily attributed to changes in land management, but streamflow changes also contributed to these trends at > 50 % of sites. At many sites, decreases in sediment occurred despite small-to-moderate increases in the amount of anthropogenic land use, suggesting sediment reduction activities across the US may be seeing some success.