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A technique for estimating the time of travel of water in Indiana streams

January 1, 1994

Estimates of the traveltime of waterborne particles in streams is important for pollution studies and in the event of spills of contaminants. This report provides data for the 16 Indiana streams on which time-of-travel information has been obtained and a means for estimating the velocity of any naturally flowing stream in Indiana with a drainage area of 80 square miles (210 square kilometres) or more.

Measured velocity rates compiled from the time-of-travel data collected in Indiana are releated to 25, 50, 100, and 200 percent of the average discharge of streams shown in this report. Velocities at these discharges are significantly related to their respective watershed characteristics (average discharge and slope). Generalized relations of the velocities as functions of the streams' watershed characteristics are developed as multivariate regression equations using the data from each of the measured streams.

Examples of uses and applications of the measured data and the predictive equations are given.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1976
Title A technique for estimating the time of travel of water in Indiana streams
DOI 10.3133/wri769
Authors Stephen E. Eikenberry, Leroy G. Davis
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 76-9
Index ID wri769
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Indiana Water Science Center