Nebraska Water Science Center
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Water Resources of Nebraska
Welcome to the USGS Web page for the Nebraska Water Science Center (NEWSC). Here you'll find information on Nebraska's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.
Are you prepared for a flood?
Flood-inundation maps (FIMs) provide emergency management personnel and residents with information that is critical for flood response activities such as evacuations and road closures, as well as for postflood recovery efforts. FIMs are used with real-time data from USGS streamgages and forecasted high-flow stages from the National Weather Service. USGS Nebraska Water Science Center has published a FIM for Big Papillion Creek in Omaha in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. Technical information about this FIM is available in USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5152.
The FIM, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science Web site, depicts estimates of the areal extent and depth of flooding corresponding to selected water levels (stages) at the USGS streamgage 06610732, Big Papillion Creek at Fort Street at Omaha, Nebraska for a 12.5-mile reach of the Big Papillion Creek from 0.6 mile upstream from the State Street Bridge to the 72nd Street Bridge in Omaha, Nebraska. The National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service also forecasts flood hydrographs at this site.
Flood profiles were computed for the 12.5-mile reach by means of a one-dimensional step-backwater model. The model was calibrated by using the current (2015) stage-discharge relation at streamgages for the Big Papillion Creek at Fort Street at Omaha, Nebraska, and the Big Papillion Creek at Q Street at Omaha, Nebraska. The hydraulic model was then used to compute 15 water-surface profiles for flood stages at 1-foot (ft) intervals referenced to the streamgage datum for the Big Papillion Creek at Fort Street and ranging from 18 ft (or near bankfull) to 32 ft, which exceeds the "major flood stage" as defined by the National Weather Service.
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by Kellan R. Strauch, Benjamin J. Dietsch, and Kayla J. Anderson
USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5152
by Nathaniel J. Schaepe, Jason S. Alexander, and Kiernan Folz-Donahue
USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5004
by Kellan R. Strauch, David L. Rus, and Kent E. Holm
USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5188
by Brenda K. Densmore, David L. Rus, Matthew T. Moser, Brent M. Hall, and Michael J. Andersen
USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5002
by David L. Rus, Joel M. Galloway, and Jason S. Alexander
USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5127