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Catalina Alfaro ISP 217L Section 5 Lab Report #6 How is the flow of the Red Cedar River influence by the weather? Introduction Living in Michigan we have the opportunity to view the four seasons; winter, spring, summer and fall, each one being very distinct. With these four seasons comes various weather changes, sometimes expected but often unpredictable. Taking these frequent last minute weather changes into consideration, we can become more prepared with prevention procedures to lessen the impact of floods by taking into account the flow of rivers and streams around us, and how they are closely affected by Mother Nature. This is why answering the question on how the weather influence one of our very own bodies of water is quite important. In our everyday lives we are able to closely see how precipitation affects not only the small overflowing plants in our backyard, but most importantly the fluctuating water levels of the rivers around us that should contain a steady depth and flow. With an increase in rain, and sometimes wind, the flow of rivers plus the excess amount of water being added can often change significantly and cause dangerous flooding that moves sediment and debris from the land around it. At times this shift of the surrounding land can sweep houses away and cause innocent people their lives. While living on campus, it is easy for us to view this type of river behavior, when most students’ daily routes to class consist of passing one of the five bridges over the Red Cedar River. When it rains, changes in the water level are quite obvious and often flooded, along with the dark murky color from large amounts of flowing sediment and debris making its way into the water After collecting six days of river data, I expect to find out that when there is precipitation in the East Lansing area, the flow of the river, in other words the discharge, should increase. With the increase in discharge the depth may increase, along with the width and even the current velocity. The increase in any of these three factors, or the combination of them, can concern people with the dangers of flood damage. Methods To interpret and compare the flow of the Red Cedar and how it’s influenced by the surrounding weather, a number of procedures had to be taken into account to help us further understand the reasoning behind it all. It was important to make a step-by-step plan of how we were going to take a depth and velocity measurement each time the river data was taken. Knowing the depth and the width of the river can help us obtain the area, which in turn can help
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