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Measurement of time of travel in streams by dye tracing

Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation 03-A9

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Abstract

The use of fluorescent dyes and tracing techniques provides a means for measuring the time-of-travel and dispersion characteristics of steady and gradually varied flow in streams. Measurements of the dispersion and concentration of dyes give insight into the behavior of soluble contaminants that may be introduced into a stream. This manual describes methods of measuring time of travel of water and waterborne solutes by dye tracing. The fluorescent dyes, measuring equipment used, and the field and laboratory procedures are also described. Methods of analysis and presentation to illustrate time-oftravel and dispersion characteristics of streams are provided.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Measurement of time of travel in streams by dye tracing
Series title:
Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation
Series number:
03-A9
Edition:
Revision - 1989
Year Published:
1989
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. G.P.O. ;For sale by the U.S. Geological Survey, Books and Open-File Reports,
Description:
viii, 27 p. :ill. ;28 cm.