Hydraulic and sediment characteristics at six river sections upstream and downstream from the confluence of the Middle Loup and Dismal Rivers were measured and studied to determine some of the interrelationships between variables and the differences that exist between common variables when two flows unite. The two streams, which flow through the Sandhills region of Nebraska, have about the same water discharge, sediment concentration, and particle-size distribution of suspended sediment and bed material. Sediment discharges and flow resistances varied widely, although water discharges remained almost constant. The factor affecting the variations was water temperature, which ranged from 32° to 80° F. The bed form, which also varied with the water temperature, seemed to have a dominating influence on the sediment discharge, flow resistance, and possibly the vertical distribution of velocity and suspended sediment. Multiple regression with parameters derived from dimensional analysis yielded an expression for predicting the flow resistance and the widths and depths of individual channel sections. Contrary to those near many other confluences, slopes were steeper and channels were wider downstream from the junction of the two rivers than they were upstream. An investigation of specific sediment-transport phenomena and field procedures was made during 1956 and 1957 in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The purposes of this investigation were to provide information on the regime of rivers and to improve the procedures related to the collection of sediment data. The basic data and results of the studies made in 1956 were presented in progress report number 1, "Investigations of Some Sedimentation Characteristics of a Sand-Bed Stream." Some of the basic data and results of the studies made in 1957 are given in this report.
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Progress report number 2: investigations of some sedimentation characteristics of sand-bed streams