South Platte River Flow Correlations

by Robert E. Glover, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 175-186

Document Type: Journal Paper


It is pointed out that an effective management of the water resources of the South Platte River will require a quantitative prior knowledge of what effects changes will have. A computation method is described for evaluating the effects of changes, and applications to the South Platte are made. The validity of the method is established by checks made against the historic performance of the river. Computations are reduced to arithmetic by preparation of tables. An evaluation of the depletion of the river due to pumping has been made and the depletion has been found to approximate one-fifth of the yield of the watershed. Computations indicate that the response of river flow to shutting down of wells will be so sluggish that attempts to put the wells directly into the priority system will be both ineffective and dangerous. The surface and ground waters of the Valley are one water supply.

Subject Headings: Streamflow | River flow | Correlation | Computing in civil engineering | Water resources | High-rise buildings | Wells (water) | Resource management

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