Nebraska Water Science Center

Publications

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center scientists publish results of their research in USGS series reports as well as in peer-reviewed journals. Publications produced by the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center are listed in reverse chronological order below.

Filter Total Items: 161
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.

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.

Year Published: 2017

Suitability of river delta sediment as proppant, Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, Nebraska and South Dakota, 2015

Sediment management is a challenge faced by reservoir managers who have several potential options, including dredging, for mitigation of storage capacity lost to sedimentation. As sediment is removed from reservoir storage, potential use of the sediment for socioeconomic or ecological benefit could potentially defray some costs of its removal....

Zelt, Ronald B.; Hobza, Christopher M.; Burton, Bethany L.; Schaepe, Nathaniel J.; Piatak, Nadine
Zelt, R.B., Hobza, C.M., Burton, B.L., Schaepe, N.J., and Piatak, Nadine, 2017, Suitability of river delta sediment as proppant, Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, Nebraska and South Dakota, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5105, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175105.

Year Published: 2017

Flood-inundation maps for the Meramec River at Valley Park and at Fenton, Missouri, 2017

Two sets of digital flood-inundation map libraries that spanned a combined 16.7-mile reach of the Meramec River that extends upstream from Valley Park, Missouri, to downstream from Fenton, Mo., were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District,...

Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Sappington, Jacob N.
Dietsch, B.J., and Sappington, J.N., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for the Meramec River at Valley Park and at Fenton, Missouri, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5116, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175116.

Year Published: 2017

Brackish groundwater and its potential to augment freshwater supplies

Secure, reliable, and sustainable water resources are fundamental to the Nation’s food production, energy independence, and ecological and human health and well-being. Indications are that at any given time, water resources are under stress in selected parts of the country. The large-scale development of groundwater resources has caused declines...

Stanton, Jennifer S.; Dennehy, Kevin F.
Stanton, J.S., and Dennehy, K.F., 2017, Brackish groundwater and its potential to augment freshwater supplies: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3054, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173054.

Year Published: 2017

Water-level and recoverable water in storage changes, High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2015 and 2013–15

The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.8 million acres (about 175,000 square miles) in parts of eight States—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Water-level declines began in parts of the High Plains aquifer soon after the beginning of substantial irrigation with groundwater in the aquifer area (about...

McGuire, Virginia L.
McGuire, V.L., 2017, Water-level and recoverable water in storage changes, High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2015 and 2013–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5040, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175040.

Year Published: 2017

Water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer, Republican River Basin in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska, 2002 to 2015

The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.8 million acres (about 175,000 square miles) in parts of eight States—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. More than 95 percent of the water withdrawn from the High Plains aquifer is used for irrigation. Water-level declines began in parts of the High Plains...

McGuire, V.L.
McGuire, V.L., 2017, Water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer, Republican River Basin in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska, 2002 to 2015 (ver. 1.2, March 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3373, 10 p., 1 sheet with appendix, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3373.

Year Published: 2016

Groundwater-flow model of the northern High Plains aquifer in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming

The High Plains aquifer is a nationally important water resource underlying about 175,000 square miles in parts of eight states: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Droughts across much of the Northern High Plains from 2001 to 2007 have combined with recent (2004) legislative mandates to elevate...

Peterson, Steven M.; Flynn, Amanda T.; Traylor, Jonathan P.
Peterson, S.M., Flynn, A.T., and Traylor, J.P., 2016, Groundwater-flow model of the Northern High Plains aquifer in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5153, 88 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165153.

Year Published: 2016

Flood-inundation maps for a 12.5-mile reach of Big Papillion Creek at Omaha, Nebraska

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 12.5-mile reach of the Big Papillion Creek from 0.6 mile upstream from the State Street Bridge to the 72nd Street Bridge in Omaha, Nebraska, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed...

Strauch, Kellan R.; Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Anderson, Kayla J.
Strauch, K.R., Dietsch, B.J., and Anderson, K.J., 2016, Flood-inundation maps for a 12.5-mile reach of Big Papillion Creek at Omaha, Nebraska: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5152, 11 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155152.

Year Published: 2016

Effects of streamflows on stream-channel morphology in the eastern Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska, 1988–2010

The Niobrara River is an important and valuable economic and ecological resource in northern Nebraska that supports ecotourism, recreational boating, wildlife, fisheries, agriculture, and hydroelectric power. Because of its uniquely rich resources, a 122-kilometer reach of the Niobrara River was designated as a National Scenic River in 1991, which...

Schaepe, Nathaniel J.; Alexander, Jason S.; Folz-Donahue, Kiernan
Schaepe, N.J., Alexander, J.S., and Folz-Donahue, Kiernan, 2016, Effects of streamflows on stream-channel morphology in the eastern Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska, 1988–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5004, 30 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165004.