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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

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Year Published: 2019

Potentiometric surface of the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2016

A potentiometric surface map for spring 2016 was created for the Mississippi River Valley alluvial (MRVA) aquifer using selected available groundwater-altitude data from wells and surface-water-altitude data from streamgages. Most of the wells were measured annually or one time after installation, but some wells were measured more than one time or...

McGuire, Virginia L.; Seanor, Ronald C.; Asquith, William H.; Kress, Wade H.; Strauch, Kellan R.
McGuire, V.L., Seanor, R.C., Asquith, W.H., Kress, W.H., and Strauch, K.R., 2019, Potentiometric surface of the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3439, 14 p., 5 sheets, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3439.

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Sediment monitoring to support modeling a reservoir sediment flush on a sand-bed river in Northern Nebraska

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), monitored a sediment flush event from Spencer Dam located on the Niobrara River near Spencer, Nebraska, during the fall of 2014. Data collected during the flush was used to validate a one-dimensional sediment transport model developed by the USACE. The...

Schaepe, Nathaniel J.; Boyd, Paul M

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Groundwater movement and interaction with surface water near the confluence of the Platte and Elkhorn rivers, Nebraska, 2016–18

The State of Nebraska requires a sustainable balance between long-term water supplies and uses of groundwater and surface water and requires Natural Resources Districts to include the effect of groundwater use on surface-water systems as part of their respective integrated management plans. Recent droughts in Nebraska (2000–6; 2012–13) have...

Hobza, Christopher M.; Johnson, Mason J.; Woodward, Paul W.; Strauch, Kellan R.; Schepers, Aaron R.
Hobza, C.M., Johnson, M.J., Woodward, P.W., Strauch, K.R., and Schepers, A.R., 2019, Groundwater movement and interaction with surface water near the confluence of the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers, Nebraska, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5048, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195048.