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Cost-effectiveness of the stream-gaging program in Nebraska

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4098

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Abstract

This report documents the results of a study of the cost-effectiveness of the streamflow information program in Nebraska. Presently, 145 continuous surface-water stations are operated in Nebraska on a budget of $908,500. Data uses and funding sources are identified for each of the 145 stations. Data from most stations have multiple uses. All stations have sufficient justification for continuation, but two stations primarily are used in short-term research studies; their continued operation needs to be evaluated when the research studies end. The present measurement frequency produces an average standard error for instantaneous discharges of about 12 percent, including periods when stage data are missing. Altering the travel routes and the measurement frequency will allow a reduction in standard error of about 1 percent with the present budget. Standard error could be reduced to about 8 percent if lost record could be eliminated. A minimum budget of $822,000 is required to operate the present network, but operations at that funding level would result in an increase in standard error to about 16 percent. The maximum budget analyzed was $1,363,000, which would result in an average standard error of 6 percent. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Cost-effectiveness of the stream-gaging program in Nebraska
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
84-4098
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1984
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey ; Open-File Services Section Western Distribution Branch,
Description:
v, 76 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.