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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

Date published: August 18, 2017

High Flows in North-Central and Northeast Nebraska

Recent storms in north-central and northeast Nebraska have caused high flows in several rivers, streams and creeks. 

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater discharge characteristics for selected streams within the Loup River Basin, Nebraska, 2014–16

Streams in the Loup River Basin are sensitive to groundwater withdrawals because of the close hydrologic connection between groundwater and surface water. Groundwater discharge is the primary component of streamflow in the Loup River Basin and constitutes more than 90 percent of streamflow in the central part of the Sand Hills. To improve the...

Hobza, Christopher M.; Schepers, Aaron R.
Hobza, C.M., and Schepers, A.R., 2018, Groundwater discharge characteristics for selected streams within the Loup River Basin, Nebraska, 2014–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5093, 50 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185093.

Year Published: 2018

Irrigated agriculture and future climate change effects on groundwater recharge, northern High Plains aquifer, USA

Understanding the controls of agriculture and climate change on recharge rates is critically important to develop appropriate sustainable management plans for groundwater resources and coupled irrigated agricultural systems. In this study, several physical (total potential (ψT) time series) and chemical tracer and dating (3H, Cl−, Br−, CFCs, SF6,...

Lauffenburger, Zachary H.; Gurdak, Jason J.; Hobza, Christopher M.; Woodward, Duane; Wolf, Cassandra

Year Published: 2018

Documentation of particle-size analyzer time series, and discrete suspended-sediment and bed-sediment sample data collection, Niobrara River near Spencer, Nebraska, October 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, monitored a sediment release by Nebraska Public Power District from Spencer Dam located on the Niobrara River near Spencer, Nebraska, during the fall of 2014. The accumulated sediment behind Spencer Dam ordinarily is released semiannually; however, the spring...

Schaepe, Nathaniel J.; Coleman, Anthony M.; Zelt, Ronald B.
Schaepe, N.J., Coleman, A.M., and Zelt, R.B., 2018, Documentation of particle-size analyzer time series, and discrete suspended-sediment and bed-sediment sample data collection, Niobrara River near Spencer, Nebraska, October 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1079, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1079.