Loop 2: Station 3
The Reedy River runs through Lake Conestee. Before the Lake Conestee Dam was constructed, the river meandered naturally through the broad floodplain here, and at one time flowed around the west side of Sparkleberry Island.
A river moves water but also transports large quantities of sediment, both suspended in the water and as bedload bouncing along the river bottom. It also carries nutrients, organic matter, and woody debris.
As water levels in the river rise in response to heavy rains, the river flows faster and deeper, with more energy and more erosive power. This energy erodes the banks on the outside of river bends, and deposits sediment (sandbars) on the inside of the turns, constantly changing the channel. Creatures and the vegetation living in and near the river must adapt to this dynamic environment.
Are rivers always changing?
Because rivers are forever moving water, solids and energy, they are constantly impacting their channels. Over hundreds of years, rivers meander across their floodplains, shifting their channels, sometimes gradually, sometimes abruptly.
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