Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jordan Clayton

Second Advisor

Seth Rose

Third Advisor

Daniel DeoCampo


Bed load transport measurements were made in a small urban stream in Decatur, GA, from which thresholds for motion were calculated using methodologies from the published literature. These methodologies are discussed in terms of their limitations and assumptions. Mobility frequencies were calculated for single grains of each grain size fraction to illustrate the transition from size selective transport to equal mobility. In general, urban streams behave differently than many gravel rivers in non-urban settings because of differences in the availability and character of sediment sources and altered flow hydrographs. This comparison allows for discussion about the way sediment is transported in urban streams versus typical gravel-bed, armored channels.