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Technical Paper-Groundwater Depletion

Missouri Basin States Association


In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the Missouri Basin States Association conducted a hydrology study to evaluate historic and future availability and use of water in the Missouri River Basin. The study established a Groundwater Depletion Work Group with a primary study objective to select, and modify as needed, a technique for analyzing streamflow depletions due to groundwater pumpage. The results of the investigations conducted by the Ground Water Depletion Work Group are published in "Technical Paper Ground Water Depletion"; (Missouri Basin States Association, 1982). As part of that study transmissivity and stream depletion factor maps of the Platte River basin in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming were developed and published as Appendix II of the report, but under separate cover. These maps can provide useful information to those working on various aspects of hydrology in the Platte River basin. To provide greater access to these maps and because these maps have been out of print for some time and a re now difficult to find, it was decided to make them part of the coverages available in the geographical information system.

The original groundwater depletion work was conducted by individuals representing several State and Federal agencies. The following is a list of work group members.

Clarence Bueltel, Work Group Chairman
Missouri River Basin Commission

Robert Keasling, Vice Chairman
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Richard Kern, Vice Chairman
Nebraska Natural Resources Commission

Robert G. Horner, Staff Coordinator
Missouri River Basin Commission

Work Group Members and Participants

Caralee Chaney
Montana Dept. of Natural Resources
and Conservation

Darrell Ewing
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Lower Missouri Region

Dale Frink
North Dakota State Water Commission

Rick Gold
U. S. Bureau of Reclamation
Upper Missouri Region

Donald R. Hammer
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources

John A. Henderson and Ron Balsters
Kansas Water Office

Dan Law
Colorado Conservation Board

John Overing
USDA - Soil Conservation Service

Marvene Riis and Randy Hilding
South Dakota Dept. of
Natural Resources

Hal Simpson<br /> Colorado Division of Water

Dick Stockdale
Wyoming State Engineer's Office

O.J. Taylor
U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Tsong C. Wei
U.S. Army - Corps of Engineers

Jim Wiegand
Iowa Natural Resources Council

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