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.

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Year Published: 2020

Modeling Escherichia coli in the Missouri River near Omaha, Nebraska, 2012–16

The city of Omaha, Nebraska, has a combined sewer system in some areas of the city. In Omaha, Nebr., a moderate amount of rainfall will lead to the combination of stormwater and untreated sewage or wastewater being discharged directly into the Missouri River and Papillion Creek and is called a combined sewer overflow (CSO) event. In 2009, the city...

Densmore, Brenda K.; Hall, Brent M.; Moser, Matthew T.
Densmore, B.K., Hall, B.M., and Moser, M.T., 2020, Modeling Escherichia coli in the Missouri River near Omaha, Nebraska, 2012–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5045, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205045.

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Altitude of the potentiometric surface in the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2018

A potentiometric-surface map for spring 2018 was created for the Mississippi River Valley alluvial (MRVA) aquifer using available groundwater-altitude data from 1,126 wells completed in the MRVA aquifer and from the altitude of the top of the water surface in area rivers from 66 streamgages. Personnel from Arkansas Natural Resources Commission,...

McGuire, Virginia L.; Seanor, Ronald C.; Asquith, William H.; Nottmeier, Anna M.; Smith, David C.; Tollett, Roland W.; Kress, Wade H.; Strauch, Kellan R.
McGuire, V.L., Seanor, R.C., Asquith, W.H., Nottmeier, A.M., Smith, D.C., Tollett, R.W., Kress, W.H., and Strauch, K.R., 2020, Altitude of the potentiometric surface in the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3453, 13 p., 5 sheets, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3453.

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Trends in streamflow and precipitation for selected sites in the Elkhorn River Basin and in streamflow in the Salt Creek and Platte River Basins, Nebraska, 1961–2011

To better understand the streamflow trends at the streamgages in the Elkhorn River Basin in Nebraska, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District further investigated streamflow trends at the eight streamgages on the Elkhorn River, Salt Creek, and the Lower Platte River that indicated a...

Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Strauch, Kellan R.
Dietsch, B.J., and Strauch, K.R., 2020, Trends in streamflow and precipitation for selected sites in the Elkhorn River Basin and in streamflow in the Salt Creek and Platte River Basins, Nebraska, 1961–2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5016, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205016.

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Year Published: 2020

Groundwater availability of the Northern High Plains aquifer in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming

Executive SummaryThe Northern High Plains aquifer underlies about 93,000 square miles of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming and is the largest subregion of the nationally important High Plains aquifer. Irrigation, primarily using groundwater, has supported agricultural production since before 1940, resulting in nearly $50...

Peterson, Steven M.; Traylor, Jonathan P.; Guira, Moussa
Peterson, S.M., Traylor, J.P., and Guira, M., 2020, Groundwater availability of the Northern High Plains aquifer in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1864, 57 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1864.

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Year Published: 2019

Flood-inundation maps for the North Platte River at Scottsbluff and Gering, Nebraska, 2018

Digital flood-inundation maps for an 8.8-mile reach of the North Platte River, from 1.5 miles upstream from the Highway 92 bridge to 3 miles downstream from the Highway 71 bridge in Scottsbluff County, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Cities of Scottsbluff and Gering, Nebraska. The flood-inundation maps,...

Strauch, Kellan R.
Strauch, K.R., 2019, Flood-inundation maps for the North Platte River at Scottsbluff and Gering, Nebraska, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5099, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195099.

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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; 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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Year Published: 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.