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: 2013

Assessing total nitrogen in surface-water samples--precision and bias of analytical and computational methods

The characterization of total-nitrogen (TN) concentrations is an important component of many surface-water-quality programs. However, three widely used methods for the determination of total nitrogen—(1) derived from the alkaline-persulfate digestion of whole-water samples (TN-A); (2) calculated as the sum of total Kjeldahl nitrogen and dissolved...

Rus, David L.; Patton, Charles J.; Mueller, David K.; Crawford, Charles G.
Assessing total nitrogen in surface-water samples--precision and bias of analytical and computational methods; 2013; SIR; 2012-5281; David L Rus;Charles J Patton;David K Mueller;Charles G Crawford

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Water-level and storage changes in the High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2011 and 2009-11

The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.8 million acres (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. This...

McGuire, Virginia L.

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Comparison of water consumption in two riparian vegetation communities along the central Platte River, Nebraska, 2008–09 and 2011

The Platte River is a vital natural resource for the people, plants, and animals of Nebraska. A recent study quantified water use by riparian woodlands along central reaches of the Platte River, Nebraska, finding that water use was mainly regulated below maximum predicted levels. A comparative study was launched through a cooperative partnership...

Hall, Brent M.; Rus, David L.
Comparison of water consumption in two riparian vegetation communities along the central Platte River, Nebraska, 2008–09 and 2011; 2013; SIR; 2013-5203; Hall, Brent M.; Rus, David L.

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Effects of linking a soil-water-balance model with a groundwater-flow model

A previously published regional groundwater-flow model in north-central Nebraska was sequentially linked with the recently developed soil-water-balance (SWB) model to analyze effects to groundwater-flow model parameters and calibration results. The linked models provided a more detailed spatial and temporal distribution of simulated recharge based...

Stanton, Jennifer S.; Ryter, Derek W.; Peterson, Steven M.
Effects of linking a soil-water-balance model with a groundwater-flow model; 2013; Article; Journal; Ground Water Journal; Stanton, Jennifer S.; Ryter, Derek W.; Peterson, Steven M.

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Year Published: 2012

Hydrostratigraphic interpretation of test-hole and surface geophysical data, Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, Nebraska, 2008 to 2011

The Elkhorn-Loup Model (ELM) was begun in 2006 to understand the effect of various groundwater-management scenarios on surface-water resources. During phase one of the ELM study, a lack of subsurface geological information was identified as a data gap. Test holes drilled to the base of the aquifer in the ELM study area are spaced as much as 25...

Hobza, Christopher M.; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Bloss, Benjamin R.
Hydrostratigraphic interpretation of test-hole and surface geophysical data, Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, Nebraska, 2008 to 2011; 2012; OFR; 2012-1227; Hobza, Christopher M.; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Bloss, Benjamin R.

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Year Published: 2012

Saturated thickness and water in storage in the High Plains aquifer, 2009, and water-level changes and changes in water in storage in the High Plains aquifer, 1980 to 1995, 1995 to 2000, 2000 to 2005, and 2005 to 2009

The High Plains aquifer underlies about 112 million acres (about 175,000 square miles) in parts of eight States—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Water levels declined in parts of the High Plains aquifer soon after the onset of substantial irrigation with groundwater (about 1950). This report...

McGuire, Virginia L.; Lund, Kris D.; Densmore, Brenda K.
Saturated thickness and water in storage in the High Plains aquifer, 2009, and water-level changes and changes in water in storage in the High Plains aquifer, 1980 to 1995, 1995 to 2000, 2000 to 2005, and 2005 to 2009; 2012; SIR; 2012-5177; McGuire, Virginia L.; Lund, Kris D.; Densmore, Brenda K.

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Habitat use by a freshwater dolphin in the low-water season

1. Many river dolphin populations are most vulnerable during the low-water season when habitat is limited. Indus River dolphin habitat selection in the dry season was investigated using Generalized Linear Models of dolphin distribution and abundance in relation to physical features of river geomorphology and channel geometry in cross-section. 2....

Braulik, Gill T.; Reichert, Albert P.; Ehsan, Tahir; Khan, Samiullah; Northridge, Simon P.; Alexander, Jason S.; Garstang, Richard
Habitat use by a freshwater dolphin in the low-water season; 2012; Article; Journal; Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems; Braulik, Gill T.; Reichert, Albert P.; Ehsan, Tahir ; Khan, Samiullah ; Northridge, Simon P.; Alexander, Jason S.; Garstang, Richard

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Year Published: 2012

A brief history and summary of the effects of river engineering and dams on the Mississippi River system and delta

The U.S. Geological Survey Forecast Mekong project is providing technical assistance and information to aid management decisions and build science capacity of institutions in the Mekong River Basin. A component of this effort is to produce a synthesis of the effects of dams and other engineering structures on large-river hydrology, sediment...

Alexander, Jason S.; Wilson, Richard C.; Green, W. Reed
A brief history and summary of the effects of river engineering and dams on the Mississippi River system and delta; 2012; CIR; 1375; Alexander, Jason S.; Wilson, Richard C.; Green, W. Reed

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Year Published: 2012

Altitude, age, and quality of groundwater, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, eastern Nebraska, 1992 to 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (PMRNRD), conducted this study to map the water-level altitude of 2009 within the Elkhorn River Valley, Missouri River Valley, and Platte River Valley alluvial aquifers; to present the predevelopment potentiometric-surface altitude within the Dakota...

McGuire, Virginia L.; Ryter, Derek W.; Flynn, Amanda S.
Altitude, age, and quality of groundwater, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, eastern Nebraska, 1992 to 2009; 2012; SIR; 2012-5036; McGuire, Virginia L.; Ryter, Derek W.; Flynn, Amanda S.

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Year Published: 2011

Transport of trace metals in runoff from soil and pond ash feedlot surfaces

The use of pond ash (fly ash that has been placed in evaporative ponds for storage and subsequently dewatered) for feedlot surfaces provides a drier environment for livestock and furnishes economic benefits. However, pond ash is known to have high concentrations of trace elements, and the runoff water-quality effects of feedlot surfaces amended...

Vogel, J.R.; Gilley, J.E.; Cottrell, G.L.; Woodbury, B.L.; Berry, E.D.; Eigenbert, R.A.
Transport of trace metals in runoff from soil and pond ash feedlot surfaces; 2011; Article; Journal; Transactions of the ASABE; Vogel, J. R.; Gilley, J. E.; Cottrell, G. L.; Woodbury, B. L.; Berry, E. D.; Eigenbert, R. A.

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Year Published: 2011

Hydrostratigraphic interpretation of test-hole and geophysical data, Upper Loup River Basin, Nebraska, 2008-10

Nebraska's Upper Loup Natural Resources District is currently (2011) participating in the Elkhorn-Loup Model to understand the effect of various groundwater-management scenarios on surface-water resources. During Phase 1 of the Elkhorn-Loup Model, a lack of subsurface geological information in the Upper Loup Natural Resources District, hereafter...

Hobza, Christopher M.; Asch, Theodore H.; Bedrosian, Paul A.
Hydrostratigraphic interpretation of test-hole and geophysical data, Upper Loup River Basin, Nebraska, 2008-10; 2011; OFR; 2011-1289; Hobza, Christopher M.; Asch, Theodore H.; Bedrosian, Paul A.

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Year Published: 2011

Selected approaches to estimate water-budget components of the High Plains, 1940 through 1949 and 2000 through 2009

The High Plains aquifer, underlying almost 112 million acres in the central United States, is one of the largest aquifers in the Nation. It is the primary water supply for drinking water, irrigation, animal production, and industry in the region. Expansion of irrigated agriculture throughout the past 60 years has helped make the High Plains one of...

Stanton, Jennifer S.; Qi, Sharon L.; Ryter, Derek W.; Falk, Sarah E.; Houston, Natalie A.; Peterson, Steven M.; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Christenson, Scott C.
Selected approaches to estimate water-budget components of the High Plains, 1940 through 1949 and 2000 through 2009; 2011; SIR; 2011-5183; Stanton, Jennifer S.; Qi, Sharon L.; Ryter, Derek W.; Falk, Sarah E.; Houston, Natalie A.; Peterson, Steven M.; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Christenson, Scott C.