Channel Changes in the Platte River, 1926—1986

by Joseph K. Lyons, Bureau of Reclamation, United States,
Timothy J. Randle, Bureau of Reclamation, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The Platte has changed significantly during the last century. A meandering channel with extensive riparian vegetation growth has replaced, the once braided and unvegetated channel in some reaches. Flow patterns and sediment transport conditions have also changed with the development of reservoirs and irrigation diversions and as periods of drought and high flows occurred. This paper discusses the physical mechanisms influencing channel changes in the Platte and describes an approach for future studies of the geomorphic impact of proposed changes in the flow regime of the Platte.

Subject Headings: Fluid flow | Channel flow | Flow patterns | River flow | Water flow | Water resources | Rivers and streams | Sediment transport

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