Development of Stage-Discharge Relations for Ungaged Bridge Waterways in Western Iowa, TR-567, 2010

(2010) Development of Stage-Discharge Relations for Ungaged Bridge Waterways in Western Iowa, TR-567, 2010. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

Stage-discharge relations constitute a viable, alternative technique for estimating accurately flow for ungaged sites. In this research, we have utilized pressure transducers and Large Scale Particle Image Velocimetry techniques to develop stage-discharge relations at eleven sites in the Hungry Canyon Area (HCA) of southwestern Iowa under different hydrologic conditions. We have employed these data to calibrate and verify an established hydrologic model and then we have used this model to provide a stage discharge relation for different hydrologic conditions (i.e. rating curves). The benefits of the project are numerous including that the discharge data will be used for a number of purposes, including operational decision making in the HCA about the design of water-control and conveyance structures, input for hydraulic and hydrologic models, and calculation of sediment and other water quality constituents transport and “loads”, and for decision making. This project has also pointed out the difficulties in measuring flows in ungaged streams with ice jams, steep banks, erodible beds, and floating debris.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Detention basins, Flood protection, Hydraulic structures, Hydrology, Water control, Water quality; Waterways
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Environment > Water
ID Code: 20065
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2015 12:16
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 18:13
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/20065