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Use of analog model to predict streamflow depletion, big and little Blue River basin, Nebraska

October 1, 1966

The States of Nebraska and Kansas are negotiating a compact for apportionment of the waters of the Big and Little Blue Rivers. So that the negotiating officials could allocate the water equitably, the amount of streamflow depletion caused by ground‐water withdrawals upgradient from the State line needed to be determined. At the request of the Nebraska officials, the U. S. Geological Survey constructed an electric analog model which could be used to determine the amount of streamflow depletion expected to occur in the next 60 years. The model simulates hydraulic conditions in an area of 7,400 square miles which includes the entire area drained by the Big and Little Blue Rivers in Nebraska. The trans‐missibility of the aquifer (Pleistocene in age) ranges from less than 1,000 to as much as 300,000 gallons per day per foot, and the storage coefficient averages about 0.20. The transmissibility values are based on examination of test‐ hole samples from more than 400 test holes in and adjacent to the basin. Analysis of the model indicates that predicted maximum ground‐water withdrawals between 1962 and 2022 will not deplete the base flow of the Big or Little Blue Rivers by more than 5 percent.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1966
Title Use of analog model to predict streamflow depletion, big and little Blue River basin, Nebraska
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6584.1966.tb01610.x
Authors P.A. Emery
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Groundwater
Series Number
Index ID 70221251
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization