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Date published: March 21, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Measures Record Flooding Across Nebraska

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flood impacts? Please contact Marisa Lubeck or Jason Lambrecht to coordinate.

Date published: February 27, 2018

Reservoir Sediment Can be Used as Fracking Proppant

Instead of requiring costly dredging to remove sediment buildup behind water reservoirs and diversions, sediment from reservoirs in the Missouri River Basin could actually be used as fracking proppant feedstock, also known as frac sand, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Flood-inundation maps of the Meramec River from Eureka to Arnold, Missouri, 2018

Libraries of digital flood-inundation maps that spanned a combined 37.2-mile reach of the Meramec River that extended upstream from Eureka, Missouri, to downstream near the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Metropolitan St. Louis...

Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Strauch, Kellan R.
Dietsch, B.J., and Strauch, K.R., 2019, Flood-inundation maps of the Meramec River from Eureka to Arnold, Missouri, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5004, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195004.

Year Published: 2018

Relating cyanobacteria and physicochemical water-quality properties in Willow Creek Lake, Nebraska, 2012–14

Cyanobacteria (also referred to as blue-green algae) are naturally present members of phytoplankton assemblages that may detract from beneficial uses of water because some strains produce cyanotoxins that pose health hazards to people and animals. Cyanobacteria populations observed in Willow Creek Lake during 2012 through 2014 were compared to...

Rus, David L.; Hall, Brent M.; Thomas, Steven A.
Rus, D.L., Hall, B.M., and Thomas, S.A., 2018, Relating cyanobacteria and physicochemical water-quality properties in Willow Creek Lake, Nebraska, 2012–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5121, 43 p, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185121.

Year Published: 2018

Simulation of groundwater flow, 1895–2010, and effects of additional groundwater withdrawals on future stream base flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, central Nebraska—Phase three

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Lewis and Clark, Lower Elkhorn, Lower Loup, Lower Platte North, Lower Niobrara, Middle Niobrara, Upper Elkhorn, and the Upper Loup Natural Resources Districts, designed a study to refine the spatial and temporal discretization of a previously modeled area. This updated study focused on a 30,...

Flynn, Amanda T.; Stanton, Jennifer S.
Flynn, A.T., and Stanton, J.S., 2018, Simulation of groundwater flow, 1895–2010, and effects of additional groundwater withdrawals on future stream base flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, central Nebraska—Phase three: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5106, 65 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185106.